DVD 95 mins IMDB 7.3
Image (1975)
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Miles Halliwell Gerrard Winstanley
Jerome Willis General Lord Fairfax
Terry Higgins Tom Haydon
Phil Oliver Will Everard
David Bramley Parson Platt
Alison Halliwell Mrs. Platt
Dawson France Capt. Gladman
Bill Petch Henry Bickerstaffe
Barry Shaw Colonel Rich
Sid Rawle Ranter

Director Kevin Brownlow
Producer Kevin Brownlow; Andrew Mollo
Writer Kevin Brownlow; David Caute

April 1, 1649. St. George's Hill. Surrey, England. A reformation-era religious sect called the Diggers sets out to form a commune and till the soil on "common land," which by law permits grazing--but not settlement and cultivation. Led by Gerard Winstanley, theirs is a nonviolent action to reclaim land for the poor who have been dispossessed by Oliver Cromwell's recent Civil War. But the local villagers see the Diggers as a threat to their livelihood and, led by the Presbyterian parson, John Platt, they take violent action to harass and burn them out. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo set out to make an absolutely historical film, accurate in every detail--including the use of rare breeds of animals. The result is an authentic, exciting and dramatic rendering of the first "anarcho-communist" revolution in history.

Edition Details
Distributor Image Entertainment
Barcode 014381593525
Region 0
Release Date 2/15/2000
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1


The Diggers were an English revolutionary group, one of whose most prominent member was Gerrard Winstanley .In 1649 the True Levellers became known as "Diggers" due to their involvement in land re-distribution [ChristieBooks].