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Documentary (with some re-enacted footage) of the British army's participation in the Battle of the Somme in France during World War I.

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Documentary (with some re-enacted footage) of the British army's participation in the Battle of the Somme in France during World War I.

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10 August 1916 (UK)  »

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The Battle of the Somme  »

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According to official sources, 20 million tickets for this film were sold (in the UK) in the first 6 weeks. That would equal about half the population of Britain at the time (43 million). It has been said that this record was not broken until the release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) more than 60 years later. See more »


In the "over the top" sequence one of the "dead" soldiers turns his head towards the camera and then shifts his leg into a more comfortable position showing that the scene was staged/re-enacted. See more »

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The first full-length war documtary
28 May 2000 | by (Westcliff-on-Sea, England) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary, apparently watched by a third of Britain's population at the time of release. Watching it now it may prove hard for some viewers to appreciate what a technological tour de force is was for the time. Being a war documentary issued at a time of war it is biased, but there is still enough there to hint at the horrors of the battle. It's true merit is in it's historical importance. Much has been used in documentaries since. For those with an interest in the First World War it is a must see, for others it is an education nonetheless.

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