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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Romance  |  20 October 1936 (USA)
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A major countermands orders and attacks to revenge a previous massacre of men, women and children.

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Elsa Campbell (as Olivia De Havilland)
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Captain Perry Vickers
Henry Stephenson ...
Sir Charles Macefield
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Sir Benjamin Warrenton
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Colonel Campbell
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Captain Randall
C. Henry Gordon ...
Surat Khan
G.P. Huntley ...
Major Jowett (as G. P. Huntley Jr.)
Robert Barrat ...
Count Igor Volonoff
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Lady Octavia Warrenton
E.E. Clive ...
Sir Humphrey Harcourt
J. Carrol Naish ...
Subahdar-Major Puran Singh (as J. Carroll Naish)
Walter Holbrook ...
Cornet Barclay
Princess Baba ...
Prema's Mother (as Princess Baigum)
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Major Vickers is an officer at the 27th Lancers in India 1856. When the regiment is on maneuver, the barracks are attacked by Surat Khan and his soldiers who massacre British women and children. This leaves an inextinguishable memory and Vickers promises to revenge the dead. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The reckless lancers sweep on and on - so that a woman's heart might not be broken! You're not fighting a single legion - you're fighting the entire British army, Surat Khan!


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20 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Carga da Brigada Ligeira  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sir Humphrey Harcourt: How do you fellows manage to look so comfortably, Vickers?
Maj. Geoffrey Vickers: We may look it Sir, but we're not. They say the first 40 years are about the hottest up here on the frontier, after that you get used to it.
Sir Humphrey Harcourt: Really?
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Fictional version of historical charge is highly entertaining...
28 June 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

As usual, Warner Bros. bent historical facts to provide ERROL FLYNN with some noble heroics in epics like this one and THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON. And as in BOOTS, it takes quite a bit of fictional footage to get to the climactic charge, but it's well worth waiting for.

Flynn has a role tailor-made to his specifications, the noble hero who looks even more splendid than ever wearing a trim mustache and military uniform. The script, in a twist, has his brother (PATRIC KNOWLES), who looks enough like Flynn to be his real brother, winning over the heart of the heroine (OLIVIA de HAVILLAND) at a military outpost in India. Flynn, as Major Vickers, decides to avenge the massacre of British women and children at the fort, thus forging the orders that lead to the famous charge.

All of it is strictly meant to entertain, offering political background of a confusing sort to give an idea of the events surrounding the charge. While all of it has been falsified for the sake of providing a screenplay that makes Flynn the noblest of heroes, there is no denying the epic sweep of the derring do and romance.

Flynn and screen partner de Havilland make a handsome couple and they are supported by a fine bunch of actors from Hollywood's British film colony, notably Patric Knowles, David Niven and Donald Crisp. Max Steiner has provided one of his best military background scores that gives added dimension to the exciting battle scenes.

For Flynn fans, this is a must see. For anyone expecting to see an historical account of the Charge, better tune in to the History Channel for that sort of stuff. But as entertainment, CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE delivers the goods and should make Flynn and de Havilland fans happy.


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