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Movie (UK), 1990. Written and directed by Nick Ward.

Characters (Cast):
(Source: "Dakota Road," by Nick Ward (1991))

  • Jacob (Alexis Denisof), an American fighter pilot, stationed in Mildenhall in East Anglia. Aged twenty-eight.
  • Bernard Cross (Matthew Scurfield), a Fenland labourer. Early forties.
  • Raif Benson (Jason Carter), a railway signalman on the line between Ely and Mildenhall. Early twenties. A Fenman. An orphan. He is physically awkward and inarticulate. Lives with his adoptive grandmother.
  • Joan Benson (Liz Smith), Raif's adoptive grandmother. Runs a corner shop and plays the organ in church. Late sixties. A Fenwoman.
  • Jen Cross (Charlotte Chatton), Bernard's daughter. Aged fifteen.
  • Amy Cross (Rachel Scott), Jen's younger sister. Aged eleven.
  • Maud Cross (Amelda Brown), married to Bernard. Aged thirty-five. A Fenwoman.
  • Alan Brandon (Alan Howard), farmer and landowner. Aged in his fifties.
  • Douglas Stonea (David Warrilow), a vicar. Age: forties.
  • Man on the train (David Bamber).

    Storyline: "Charlotte Chatton plays a farm labourer's abused daughter who fantasises about the officers of the local United States Air Base to escape the guilt and hypocrisy of everyday life. But her dreams of glamour and excitement are shattered when she is seduced by a pilot, setting in motion a traffic chain of events. Sensitive drama, co-starring Alexis Denisof and Jason Carter." (TV listing, Press Association Newsfile, January 11, 1994).

    Related Press:

  • Screen Finance, "Release at last for one and Dakota Road." July 15, 1992. (text)


  • Times, July 16, 1992, by Geoff Brown. (text)
  • Guardian, July 16, 1992, by Toby Young. (text)
  • Financial Times, July 16, 1992, by Nigel Andrews. (text)
  • Evening Standard, July 16, 1992, by Alexander Walker. (text)
  • Daily Telegraph, July 16, 1992, by Hugo Davenport. (text)
  • Independent, July 17, 1992, by Sheila Johnston. (text)
  • Sunday Times, July 19, 1992, by Iain Johnstone. (text)
  • Sunday Telegraph, July 19, 1992, by Christopher Tookey. (text)
  • Mail on Sunday, July 19, 1992, by Tom Hutchinson. (text).
  • Independent, July 19, 1992. (text)


  • Bentley's Bedlam: Untitled Gallery.

    Other Sources

  • Dakota Road, book by Nick Ward. Faber and Faber, 1991.

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    Page created January 31, 2001. Original material Betsy Vera (bentley@umich.edu). This website is for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to infringe on copyrights held by others.

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    Jacob (Alexis Denisof)
    Jacob (Alexis Denisof)

    Jen and Raif (Charlotte Chatton, Jason Carter)
    Jen and Raif (Charlotte Chatton, Jason Carter)

    Photos: Olly Hoeben

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