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Director:
Writers:
James Kennaway (novel)
James Kennaway (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 December 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(16 articles)
The Forgotten: Youth Runs Wild
 (From MUBI. 2 August 2012, 9:17 AM, PDT)

Twice Around: Anne V. Coates talks about Lawrence of Arabia
 (From Flickeringmyth. 4 September 2011, 10:21 AM, PDT)

Cutting Edge: A conversation with film editor Anne V. Coates
 (From Flickeringmyth. 31 August 2011, 10:28 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
As you'd expect, another exceptional performance by Alec Guinness See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

John Mills ... Lt. Col. Basil Barrow (Battalion Commander)

Dennis Price ... Maj. Charles 'Charlie' Scott, M.C. (Battalion Executive Officer)
Kay Walsh ... Mary Titterington
John Fraser ... Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser

Susannah York ... Morag Sinclair

Gordon Jackson ... Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C. (Battalion Adjutant)
Duncan Macrae ... Pipe Maj. Duncan MacLean

Percy Herbert ... RSM Riddick
Allan Cuthbertson ... Capt. Eric Simpson
Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Maj. 'Dusty' Miller (Mess President)
Gerald Harper ... Maj. Hugo MacMillan
Richard Leech ... Capt. Alec Rattray
Peter McEnery ... 2nd Lt. David MacKinnon
Keith Faulkner ... Cpl. Piper Adam
Angus Lennie ... Orderly Room Clerk
John Harvey ... Sgt. Finney (Bridge House)
Bryan Hulme ... Cpl. Drummer
Andrew Keir ... LCpl. Campbell
Eric Woodburn ... Landlord
Andrew Downie ... Cpl. 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 ... Lt. Rory (one of the other officers)
Barry Steele ... One of the other officers
Keith Banks ... One of the other officers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frazer Hines ... (uncredited)
Anne Leon ... Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronald Neame 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Kennaway  novel
James Kennaway  screenplay

Produced by
Albert Fennell .... executive producer
Colin Lesslie .... producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson 
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
 
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)
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 .... sound recordist
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
Douglas Barnett .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
John Salter .... boom operator (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 .... wardrober
Dulcie Midwinter .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ray Lovejoy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Malcolm Arnold .... conductor
 
Other crew
Rita Davison .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first film of Mark Burns.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Major Sinclair starts the first day of Colonel Barrow's command still wearing his previous acting Colonel rank. Half way through the day (between the assault course and watching the pipers) his rank changes to Major. Whilst it is possible he might have had his jacket altered over between the scenes, it is not possible that Colonel Barrow (a stickler for uniform regulations) would not have mentioned this at the start of the day.See more »
Quotes:
Jock Sinclair:That's a cheesy tune!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Muffin the Mule" (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
Scotland the BraveSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
As you'd expect, another exceptional performance by Alec Guinness, 12 April 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Alec Guinness is an amazingly under-appreciated actor. While most remembered for his Obi-Wan character, this was one of his least interesting or demanding roles. Few today realize the depth and range of his characterizations as well as the realism that he infused his characters with in his previous films. He was one of the finest British actors and this film is yet another example of his skills.

Guinness plays an angry and blustering Scottish officer who may also be an alcoholic (he at least is a problem drinker and shows many signs of alcoholism). The film begins with this popular officer throwing a farewell party, of sorts, with the men in his command. It seems that Guinness was given temporary command but a replacement (John Mills) is due to arrive shortly--dashing Guinness' hopes for this position becoming permanent.

Because Guinness' character is so very flawed and petty, he does much to try to undermine the new C.O.. In particular, Mills is a "by the book" sort of officer and Guinness ignores changes Mills orders--and by example, derision and a lack of respect for Mills spreads through the ranks. Instead of behaving like officers and gentlemen, the men behave like this is some sort of popularity contest and they show contempt for their new leader. None of this is helped by Guinness' drinking, as it gets him in trouble and creates serious problems for the regiment.

While Mills, as usual, does a great job in the film playing a man who is suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, the film is definitely Guinness'. His boorish character is a great example of him once again immersing himself into a character and the way he responds to the tragedy near the end of the film gives the character great depth and a bit of sympathy--something you needed to make this a stand-out film.

The bottom line is that this film is extremely well-crafted. The acting is universally excellent, the script tense and well-written and the film is great unless you are the type of person who demands lots of action. While a film about the military, this is no action film. Wonderful.

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