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Private Potter (1962)

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A military mission is interrupted when a soldier claims that God had appeared to him in a transcendental vision.

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While serving in Cyprus with the British Army, Pvt. Potter and the rest of his platoon is assigned to a night patrol with the intention of capturing a rebel leader. The mission is ruined when Potter screams loudly and gives their position away. His superiors are intent on making an example of him and Potter is brought up on charges. His defense is that the reason he shouted out is that he saw God. His commanders are thrown for something of a loop. The Medical Officer can find nothing wrong with him but the padre believes Potter has undergone some type of religious revelation. The commanding officer, Lt. Col. Harry Gunyon, wishes he could make it all go away but it's too late for that with the papers already having been sent up to Brigade. There is little doubt however that Potter is having an effect on all of those around him. Written by garykmcd

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Previously transmitted as a ITV playhouse in 1961 with same director. Actors Tom Courtenay, Jeremy Geidt, Brewster Mason, Eric Thompson and Ralph Michael all playing the same role they play in the feature film. See more »

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24 April 2002 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

I really didn't understand what this movie was trying to say, and why - even at only 90-ish minutes - it took so long to say it (or not say it, if you see what I mean). Only Tom Courtenay, in one of the few roles that ever really suited his glum and reserved screen persona, sparks any kind of interest in what, potentially, could have been a powerful and incisive movie.

Unfortunately, the first ten minutes of the film, which shows the events during a mission that is crucial to the plot, are marred by night-time photography that is so dark it's virtually impossible to figure out what is going on. I almost gave up watching because of this, and have to say that, while it is worth sticking with the movie through this confusing intro, it's only just worth it.

The film's thin plot concerns the alleged cowardice of a young private during a WWII night mission, which eventually leads to the death of a comrade. The private's claim that he cried out during the mission because he saw a vision of God causes all manner of consternation and conflict amongst his commanding officers, and sets the strict military code against religious dogma as they struggle to decide what to do with him.

Courtenay's military superiors are too often portrayed as either asses of the 'blithering' and pompous kind, or stiff-upper-lipped gentlemen who feel inclined to throw the book at the weak and withdrawn Potter, but who are prevented from doing so by conscience and doubt. It's all a bit like an episode of 'Blackadder Goes Forth' played straight at times. Unfortunately, there's no equivalent of Baldrick to lighten up the proceedings.

Having introduced the moral dilemmas relatively swiftly, the film then proceeds to ramble interminably until it just kind of peters out at the end

  • its conclusion is especially unsatisfactory. All in all, a


disappointing effort.


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