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Wish You Were Here (1987 film)

Wish You Were Here
DVD cover
Directed by David Leland
Produced by Sarah Radclyffe
Written by David Leland
Starring Emily Lloyd
Tom Bell
Music by Stanley Myers
Cinematography Ian Wilson
Edited by George Akers
Distributed by Atlantic Releasing Corp
Release dates
  • 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) (U.S.)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1.5 million

Wish You Were Here is a 1987 British comedy-drama film starring Emily Lloyd and Tom Bell. It was written and directed by David Leland.[1] The original music score was composed by Stanley Myers.[1]


Sixteen-year-old Lynda Mansell (Emily Lloyd) lives in a small English seaside town in the early 1950s. She is feisty and precocious and tries to shock other people with her vulgar and saucy tongue (her favourite insult is "Up yer bum"). Bored with conventional jobs (which she frequently loses) and her town's dull young men, Lynda has her first sexual experience with Dave (Jesse Birdsall) but after she has slept with one of her father's middle-aged friends (Tom Bell), her life changes. She becomes pregnant and her father, a somewhat rigid and conventional man, disowns her. Desperately she tries to seek an illegal abortion but in the end decides to become a mother.

"Wish you were here" is a sigh Lynda makes because of her dead mother, who understood her and protected her from her intolerant father. Beneath her cheeky exterior, Lynda is a vulnerable girl who seeks love and a place in life; she lives in a time when it was difficult for teenagers like her to do that in their own way.



The movie was based loosely on the memoirs of the British madam Cynthia Payne as an adolescent growing up on the Sussex coast.[2] It was filmed in the Sussex towns of Worthing and Bognor Regis.


Wish You Were Here has an overall approval rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

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