Originally made for British television, The Evacuees was the first feature-length project of director Alan Parker. The film concentrates on the early war years, when London was under nightly attack from the German luftwaffe. It becomes necessary to evacuate the city children to the comparative safety of the country, and this sets the stage for a string of compelling, bittersweet anecdotes. Parker's acute sense of period detail and his handling of his young actors helped earn The Evacuees several industry awards. It also led to his being selected to direct his first theatrical feature: the "all-kid" musical spoof Bugsy Malone.
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