Save the Cinema


Action / Comedy / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 73%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 1091

Plot summary

May 23, 2022 at 03:48 PM


Sara Sugarman

Top cast

Samantha Morton as Liz Evans
Tom Felton as Richard Goodridge
Jonathan Pryce as Mr. Morgan
Colm Meaney as Martyn
720p.WEB 1080p.WEB
959.31 MB
English 2.0
25 fps
1 hr 44 min
P/S 0 / 8
1.92 GB
English 5.1
25 fps
1 hr 44 min
P/S 1 / 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by julianrosser-440-787839 7 / 10

Enjoyable bit of nostalgia

A nice gentle film with a very strong cast telling the old story of a lone voice inspiring others to action.

Based on fact and set in Carmarthen it shows the proud inhabitants standing up for something they really believe in.

I enjoyed it very much.

Reviewed by henry8-3 4 / 10

Save the Cinema

The true story of the Lyric, a much loved and used cinema / theatre in the Welsh town on Carmarthen is destined for demolition to make way for a new supermarket. Local theatre producer and mum Liz Evans (Samantha Morton) decides to stop at nothing to keep the Lyric going.

Sub Ealing type comedy, which, whilst pleasant enough and well lead by Morton, needs more fun characters and indeed laughs. Sweet to be sure, but unremarkable and predictable.

Reviewed by magormarc 10 / 10

A heartwarming true story.

With an excellent central performance of Samantha Morton, Save the Cinema will have you laughing out loud one minute and wiping a tear away a moment later. Morton plays 'Liz the Lyric' beautifully, and although she makes the part her own, it is obvious that Morton and the production team have had access to archive documentary footage with snippets of real life dialogue faithfully and skillfully re-enacted.

A stellar supporting cast (a who's who of Welsh talent) topped by Tom Felton as a town councillor and Johnathon Pryce as her inspirational retired school teacher are swept up in Liz's quest to save the condemned cinema of the title.

The fictional elements woven into the historical facts pluck at the heartstrings, particularly with Pryce's reminiscences of watching Goodnight Mr Chips, which led him to becoming a teacher. The film is a wonderful testament to the efforts of a women and the legions of helpers and children she inspired.

The accompanying documentary Save the Cinema: Behind the Curtain on SKY is a recommended watch, presented by two of Liz's real life sons, Mark and Wynne (of Go Compare infamy!)

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