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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  11 October 1968 (USA)
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A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Clarissa Morris
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Lord Lucan
Jill Bennett ...
Mrs. Fanny Duberly
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Ben Aris ...
Capt. Fitz Maxse
Micky Baker ...
Trooper Metcalfe
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Paymaster Capt. Henry Duberly
Leo Britt ...
Gen. Scarlett
Mark Burns ...
Capt. William Morris
John J. Carney ...
Trooper Mitchell (as John Carney)
Helen Cherry ...
Lady Scarlett
Chris Chittell ...
Trooper (as Christopher Chittel)
Ambrose Coghill ...
Lt. Col. Douglas
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A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 which climaxed with the heroic, but near-disastrous cavalry charge made by the British Light Brigade against a Russian artillery battery in a small valley which resulted in the near-destruction of the brigade due to error of judgment and rash planning on part by the inept British commanders. Written by Matthew Patay

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11 October 1968 (USA)  »

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A Carga da Brigada Ligeira  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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The uniforms in the battle scenes were distressed, for authenticity. Later, when the London scenes were filmed, fresh uniforms had to be made. See more »

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The 17th Lancers are shown wearing the same cherry colored pantaloons or overalls as the 11th Hussars. But a major sub-theme of the film is that Lord Cardigan had dressed his regiment - the 11th Hussars - in cherry colored pantaloons - leading to their nickname 'cheribums'. All other regiments in Light Brigade wore dark blue or gray overalls: including Captain Nolan who was a member of the 15th Hussars (though this regiment was not part of the five regiments who took part in the charge itself. See more »

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Capt. Louis Edward Nolan: One day there will be an army where troopers will not be force to fight by floggings and hard reins. An army, a Christian army that fights because it is paid well to fight. And fights well because its women and children are well cared for. An army that is efficient and of a professional feather. I must fight for such an army... That army will bring the first of the modern wars, and the last of the gallop.
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Closing credits roll over a drawing of a dead horse, with the buzzing of flies in the soundtrack. See more »

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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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From Greenland's Icy Mountains
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Music by Lowell Mason
Arranged by John Addison
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Accurate and brilliant
18 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My favourite subject is history (especially the Victorian era)and I was very pleased that Tony Richardson made this excellent film historically accurate.No Hollywood style poetic license.Some of the quotes that Capt.Nolan said were apparently excerpts from a book he wrote on cavalry warfare (which I have never found).I wondered how he (Richardson) would handle the fact that no one actually knows whether Cardigan reached the Russian guns or not and at what stage (if any) he turned back,but he seems to have glossed over that issue.I can only give this film 10 out of 10 because it is simply brilliant.The casting was superb with what I think was Trevor Howards best ever role,and Harry Andrews as Lord Lucan was perfect.I watched the Errol Flynn version of the events the other day and they seemed to have gone out of their way to make it as far from the truth as possible,right down to the uniforms and regiments involved.So well done to Tony Richardson etc.for making what is so far my favourite war film.Since writing my earlier comments I have discovered that Capt.Nolans book is still available "CAVALRY,ITS HISTORY AND TACTICS"and I would dearly love to read it but it costs £80!.I have also been told that the scene where Cardigan does actually reach the Russian guns was in fact edited from the final version.I thank other people for the comments and my learning more about a fascinating event in military history


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