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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 11 October 1968 (USA)
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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Nominated for 6 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ...
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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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Tony Richardson was a notoriously difficult director. At one stage he wanted the Guardsmen at the Battle of the Alma to wear blue tunics, which he thought would look better on screen than the authentic scarlet. He only relented when his military/historical adviser, Boris Mollo, threatened to resign. See more »

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When the recruits are being stripped and washed, several of them have modern-day tan lines (from swimming costumes). See more »

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Lord Cardigan: [during the Battle of the Alma] Lucan, you're a stewstick.
Lord Lucan aka George Charles Bingham: Fetch off!
Lord Cardigan: Poltroon.
Lord Lucan aka George Charles Bingham: Bum-roll!
Lord Cardigan: Why don't you draw your horse from round your ears? Bring your head out of his arse.
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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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Remake of The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) See more »

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Prince Albert's March
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Music by Stephen Glover
Arranged by Trevor L. Sharpe
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Superb period details
3 November 2004 | by (Scarborough, England) – See all my reviews

We have to wait nearly two hours for the eponymous event which climaxes this film. Prior to this we see a series of apparently unconnected episodes which give the viewer an insight into the workings of Victorian society, including anti-intellectuallism and idleness among the 'upper' classes, and brutality and theft among the 'scum' recruited in the slums.

While almost plot less this section of the film does follow a core of characters whose lives are connected by army service. The main character is Captain Louis Nolan, an idealistic professional in an army of amateurs. "England is looking well" he says in the first scene of the film. The irony is that the country that looks so good is a cruel and mismanaged place. Unlike his fellow officers, who have bought their posts, he has worked his way up the ranks of the Indian Army by merit. He despises them and they feel he isn't a 'gentleman'.

Nolan has very definite views on how war should be fought. Faced with the reality of battle and the inadequacies of the commanders (the senile Raglan and the childish Lucan and Cardigan) his impatience and temper have tragic consequences as he impetuously points the Light Brigade ("There, my Lord, is your enemy, there are your guns!") towards the bloody fiasco of which he is the first victim. The man who seems to know best makes the biggest blunder of all. Eye-witnesses said the hideous scream Nolan gave when he was hit stayed with them all their lives and the film re-creates it in a truly chilling way.

Although the film does reflect 1960's attitudes to war and politics (and I actually prefer these to the attitudes of the 21st Century) its setting is so perfectly realized that it hasn't dated as a '60s film'. In fact it seems better with the passage of time. If you can free yourself from the idea of a narrative history and give yourself up to a series of impressions which add new layers of understanding 'Charge of the Light Brigade' makes a fine historical film.


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