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The Dressmaker is a 1988 British drama film directed by Jim O'Brien and starring Joan Plowright, Billie Whitelaw and Pete Postlethwaite.[1] Set during the Second World War in England, the story concerns a claustrophobic relationship between two middle-aged sisters and their fragile 17-year-old niece. It is an adaptation of the novel The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge.

The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker.jpg
Directed byJim O'Brien
Produced bySteve Clark-Hall
John McGrath
Ronald Shedlo
Written byJohn McGrath
Based onThe Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge
StarringJoan Plowright
Billie Whitelaw
Jane Horrocks
Music byGeorge Fenton
CinematographyMichael Coulter
Edited byWilliam Diver
British Screen Productions
Channel Four Films
Distributed byEuro American Pictures
Release date
  • October 16, 1988 (1988-10-16) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom



  1. ^ "The Dressmaker (1988)". BFI.

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