Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Monica Dolan
Netflix’s historical period drama, based on real-life events, directed by Simon Stone. As WWII looms, the story follows wealthy widow, Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan), who hires amateur archaeologist, Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes), to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past resonate in the face of its uncertain future.
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We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now here’s a small selection.
Edith Pretty: Should we take a look at them then?
Basil Brown: Right. Things like this are usually done through museums
Edith Pretty: Yes, but with the war coming, they couldn’t embark on any new ventures.
Basil Brown: Well, I’ve been on digs since I was old enough to hold a trowel. My father taught me.
Basil Brown: You say the world, and I’ll dig.
Edith Pretty: What are they?
Basil Brown: We’re standing in someone’s graveyard, I reckon. Viking? Or maybe older.
Edith Pretty: Mr. Brown is an archeologist
Basil Brown: Well, I’m an excavator.
Edith’s Son: You’ve come to dig up the mounds?
Archeologist: Do you think there’s something beneath?
Edith’s Son: Who are those men?
Edith Pretty: They’re from the museum.
[as he sees what’s underneath the mound]
Museum Curator: Ye gods!
Basil Brown: Mrs. Pretty, I think you’d better come and see.
Edith’s Son: Why would anyone want to bury a ship?
Basil Brown: Well, I expect this is a grave of a warrior, or a king.
Peggy Preston: There’s more. There’s much more!
Man: War is looming. And all hands are on deck to excavate before hostilities begin.
Museum Curator: The Dark Ages are no longer dark.
Edith’s Son: Steer her steady, Mr. Brown. We’re coming towards the edge of the atmosphere.
Woman: [to Basil] Everyone is going to want a piece, and this is your find. Why else would you be playing around in the dirt while the rest of the country prepares for war? That means something, isn’t it?
Basil Brown: From the first human handprint on a cave wall, we’re part of something continuous.
Edith Pretty: Life is very fleeting. I’ve learned that. It has moments you should seize.
Edith Pretty: Would you have dinner with me?
Basil Brown: Yes.
Basil Brown: A man can dig the earth his whole life through, and not find anything like I’ve discovered here.
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