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Release Date:
17 September 1960 (Italy) See more »
Colonel Jock Sinclair drank with his officers...and sang and danced with them...until that day when a shot rang out AND HE STOOD ALONE! See more »
Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Guinness ... Major Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M.

John Mills ... Lt. Col. Basil Barrow

Dennis Price ... Major Charles Scott, M.C.
Kay Walsh ... Mary Titterington

John Fraser ... Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser

Susannah York ... Morag Sinclair

Gordon Jackson ... Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C.

Duncan Macrae ... Pipe Major Maclean

Percy Herbert ... R.S.M. Riddick

Allan Cuthbertson ... Capt. Eric Simpson
Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Major 'Dusty' Miller
Gerald Harper ... Major Hugo Macmillan
Richard Leech ... Captain Alec Rattray

Peter McEnery ... 2nd Lt. David Mackinnon
Keith Faulkner ... Piper Adam

Angus Lennie ... Orderly Room Clerk
John Harvey ... Sergeant (Bridge Hotel)
Bryan Hulme ... Corporal Drummer

Andrew Keir ... L / Cpl. Campbell
Eric Woodburn ... Landlord
Andrew Downie ... Corporal Waiter
Jameson Clark ... Sir Alan
Lockwood West ... Provost
Gwen Nelson ... Provost's Wife
Robert Arnold ... One of the Other Officers
Richard Rudd ... One of the Other Officers
John Barcroft ... One of the Other Officers
James Copeland ... One of the Other Officers
Mark Burns ... One of the Other Officers
John Bown ... One of the Other Officers
William Young ... One of the Other Officers
David Webb ... One of the Other Officers
William Marlowe ... One of the Other Officers
Barry Steele ... One of the Other Officers
Keith Banks ... One of the Other Officers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ray Austin ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Redmond Bailey ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Donald Douglas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Haggerty ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Walter Henry ... Sentry (uncredited)

Frazer Hines ... (uncredited)
Anne Leon ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Rick Lester ... Soldier (uncredited)

Fulton Mackay ... Provost / Guard Sergeant (uncredited)
John Mackenzie ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronald Neame 
Writing credits
James Kennaway (screenplay)

James Kennaway (based on his novel)

Produced by
Albert Fennell .... executive producer
Colin Lesslie .... producer
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
Production Management
Pat Marsden .... production manager (as Patrick Marsden)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin M. Brewer .... assistant director (as Colin Brewer)
Patrick Clayton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Lens .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Stevenson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Martin Atkinson .... assistant art director
John Hoesli .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Charlie Parfitt .... props (uncredited)
Geoffrey Tozer .... set dresser (uncredited)
A.J. Van Montagu .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Tony Woollard .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Leslie Hodgson .... dubbing editor
Red Law .... recordist
Bert Ross .... recordist
Douglas Barnett .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
John Salter .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ray Austin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Fred Haggerty .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
John Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ted Reed .... still photographer (uncredited)
Malcolm Vinson .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Guerin .... wardrobe
Dulcie Midwinter .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris German .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Ray Lovejoy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Malcolm Arnold .... conductor
Other crew
Rita Davison .... continuity
Victor Betts .... publicist (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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107 min | USA:106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

John Mills wore his regimental kilt once more, when he portrayed a Highland Officer in a wartime P.O.W. sketch on the Morecambe and Wise Show.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Pipe Major MacLean is never shown with a set of bagpipes. In particular, he is a mere observer at band practice. A pipe major is not only the leader of the band but also its chief instructor, and it is unthinkable that he would not play an active role in all practices.See more »
Jock Sinclair:That's a cheesy tune!See more »
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The Flowers of the ForestSee more »


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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A Shattering Dissection of a Scottish Regiment, 11 November 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

It is hard to say anything new about this marvelous film - possibly the last great film Alec Guiness had the starring role in (although some STAR WAR fans may disagree with that assessment). Guiness as Major Jock Sinclair is a man's man, and the popular head of a Scottish army regiment. Since the war ended he has been in charge of it, and there have been no complaints. But one day he learns that the Army brass have decided to appoint John Mills (Lt. Col. Basil Barrow) as the Regiment's new commander.

Guiness is not a coward - he has fought his way up the ranks on the battlefields of Europe, and the others in the regiment know this. But Mills is an unknown quantity. He is aloof, and he is English. Nobody can tell whether or not he has any inner reserves of strength or what was once called "moxie" to win their respect. So soon Mills finds that while his commands are heard, the men are still basically looking to Guiness for real leadership.

It becomes a quiet but steady battle between the two men to see who is the real head of the regiment. Even when, due to personal problems, Guiness is arrested for drunkenness, Mills keeps fumbling his attempts to put him under control. Part of the problem is psychological - Mills has had a very rough time during the war. He was tortured badly by the Nazis in one of their camps. He has been just beginning to pull himself together. The lack of respect he is being shown is not helping.

The characterizations in the film are wonderful, in particular Dennis Price. Mills had been the star of GREAT EXPECTATIONS in the late 1940s, with Guiness in support. Price had been the actual star, as the scheming Louis D'Ascoyne - Mazzini, in KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS, again opposite Guiness. Here Price is Major Charles "Scotty" Scott, who has usually been Guiness's closest friend, but has stumbled. In typical Price double-dealing, he has made a play for Kay Walsh, Guiness's girlfriend, and has not been totally rejected (when Guiness learns of this he goes into his bender, which leads to his arrest). Price however is more complex than one would initially believe. He, of all the regiment officers, does not go to Guiness to double-check the orders of Mills. Price feels that Mills, as commanding officer, needs no double-checking. The others are there to obey him.

But then Mills decides to be nice to that drunken scamp Guiness - and Guiness and his friends sees this as weakness, not kindness. Mills finds that the last shreds of his rank's dignity are gone...especially after he and Price have some quiet words while Price is playing billiards. Basically Price tells Mills that it is impossible now to have any respect for the Lt. Col. And this leads to the final double tragedy at the end.

Dennis Price (from what I have read on this board) had many family and financial problems, and emotional problems that led to an alcoholism that smashed his career. But his performance as "Scotty", relatively short in comparison to Guiness and Mills in this film, was a quietly effective and superb one. One only wishes his personal demons could have been controlled, so that he could have given us more performances as this one.

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