MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 14,258 this week

The Bofors Gun (1968)

 |  Drama  |  22 September 1968 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 199 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 1 critic

A national service NCO (David Warner) who comes face to face with an embittered Irish Gunner (Nicol Williamson) who is determined to humiliate him.

Director:

Writers:

(adaptation), (play)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3362 titles
created 08 Aug 2011
 
a list of 1166 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 9993 titles
created 25 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 371 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 1588 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Bofors Gun" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Bofors Gun (1968)

The Bofors Gun (1968) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Bofors Gun.
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a leak of information in the African Section of British Intelligence is discovered security man Daintry is brought in to investigate.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lawyer's agonizing journey to the breaking point of his private and professional lives as he becomes more and more alienated from everyone connected with him.

Director: Anthony Page
Stars: Nicol Williamson, Eleanor Fazan, Jill Bennett
Musical | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Wendy Allnutt, Colin Farrell, Malcolm McFee
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying ... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Mann, Laurence Harvey
Stars: Laurence Harvey, Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow
Hamlet (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother's remarriage to Claudius... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Nicol Williamson, Judy Parfitt, Anthony Hopkins
The Chain (1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Denis Lawson, Rita Wolf, Phyllis Logan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Lynn Redgrave, Colin Blakely, Eleanor Bron
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Nicol Williamson, Sam Wanamaker, Peter Frye
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An American student starts working with his Arab colleague while putting all politics aside. However, is his colleague just a regular Joe? Set around the time of Arab-Israeli Six Day War.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Bruce Davison, Nicol Williamson, Daria Halprin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A married middle-aged art critic and 16-year-old Margot begin an affair and develop a troublesome mutually parasitic relationship.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Nicol Williamson, Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Drouot
The Fixer (1968)
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bog, is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown
Conflict (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Trevor Howard, Raf Vallone, Martin Sheen
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
O'Rourke
...
Flynn
...
Terry "Lance Bar" Evans
...
Sgt. Walker
...
Featherstone
Barry Jackson ...
Shone
Richard O'Callaghan ...
Rowe
Donald Gee ...
Crowley
...
NAAFI Girl
Gareth Forwood ...
Lt. Packering
...
Pvt. Samuel (cook)
John Herrington ...
German Pointer
Edit

Storyline

A national service NCO (David Warner) who comes face to face with an embittered Irish Gunner (Nicol Williamson) who is determined to humiliate him.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Gunner O'Rourke was sick of being pushed around. So he pushed back.

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 September 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cañón Bofors  »

Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Donald Gee + Barry Jackson had acted in the original stage play. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Unforgettable John Thaw (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Finger of Suspicion
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Mann and Al Lewis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The pain of self-realisation
30 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Bofors Gun is an adaptation of a stage play about a group of British soldiers in a West German army camp guarding an artillery piece (the Bofors Gun). It draws in no small part from the National Service experiences of John McGrath, who wrote the play and adapted it for the screen. There is some comment relating to futility which is very much of its time, i.e. guarding an artillery piece against an enemy that has nuclear weapons, however there are absolutely timeless themes. Essentially David Warner's Bombardier Terry is forced into confronting elements of his own personal psychological make-up during a night where he supervises guard duty. It looks very much like he is a kind, cultured, sensitive and thoughtful individual, but events compel him to recognise that he might in fact be adopting a persona that allows for his survival, and that he's just another player in the game, a coward, a snob and a selfish one, of whom it cannot even be said in remediation that he plays with flair or is aware of his own motivations. By counterpoint Nicol Williamson's O'Rourke is an earthy violent man who knows himself all too well, and has run out of patience with the British Army, its attendant hypocrisies, and life in general. Mix for combustion. What I like about the movie is that it's not clear cut, you can believe as you wish about Terry, is there an essential duality to his mind, is he really just a nice guy who is pushed too far, or is he indeed as pathetic as it gets.

The dialogue is, at times, so out of this world that I overcame my habitual distaste for stagey movies. I've only mentioned the two characters I consider essential to the movie, but in fact there are several other interesting characters, and an eminently credible supporting cast.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Can not find this anywhere goodfellamf
bofer's gun cinerama10
John McGrath author Briwilmen
nostalgic lancer165
Discuss The Bofors Gun (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?