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 the Smith family who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-man's-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time. Written by
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The Musical Shot In The Arm !
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The final scene involved the placing of over 16,000 crosses on the Sussex Downs. Each cross had to have a hole dug for it in order to hold it steady in the ground and stop it falling or being blown over. The actual helicopter aerial shot had to be filmed many times due to problems with high winds and camera shake. See more
When Sir John's car drives off after his conversation with Harry, a modern car can be seen reflected in the window. See more
Sir Edward Grey
[as war breaks out
The lamps are going out all over Europe, we will not see them lit again in our lifetime.
The principal statements made by the historical characters in this film are based on documentary evidence and the words of the songs are those sung by the troops during the First World War See more
Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films
Music by Kerry Mills
Lyrics by Thurland Chattaway
Performed by Pia Colombo See more