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Overlord (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 13 March 1978 (Denmark)
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During the war a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Stirner ...
Tom
Davyd Harries ...
Jack
Nicholas Ball ...
Arthur
Julie Neesam ...
The Girl
Sam Sewell ...
The Trained Soldier
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Dad
Stella Tanner ...
Mum
Harry Shacklock ...
Stationmaster
David Scheuer ...
Medical Officer
Ian Liston ...
Barrack Guard
Lorna Lewis ...
Prostitute
Stephen Riddle ...
Dead German Soldier
Jack Le White ...
Barman
Mark Penfold ...
Photographer
Micaela Minelli ...
Little Girl
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During the war a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.

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Drama | History | War

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Den beskidte krig  »

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1.75 : 1
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The film is referenced in the series 1 closer (episode 10) of "Hazell", a 1978 television series starring Nicholas Ball - "introduced" in Overlord. Private eye James Hazell pauses during his search around Soho for a missing girl. Behind him, full frame, is a poster for Overlord. See more »

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Arthur: Who have you got waiting for you, Tommy?
Tom: Who have I got?
[pauses]
Tom: Well, there's Mum and Dad, I suppose... and Tina.
Arthur: [smiling] Good for you, mate. Let me guess. She got brown hair, brown eyes, pale skin, nice tits, right?
Tom: [grinning] Tina is a cocker spaniel.
[pauses]
Tom: She's a lovely dog.
Arthur: A bitch?
Tom: Yeah, a bitch.
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Features Schichlegruber - Doing the Lambeth Walk (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

We Don't Know Where We're Going
Written by Ralph T. Butler (as Ralph Butler) & Noel Gay
Sung by Nick Curtis
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Excellent. Just excellent.
16 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I heard that this film consisted of about 1/3 newsreel footage, I was expecting the worst. Stock footage blended with studio footage is something you'd find in an MST3k movie; three people in a car driving quickly away from a giant lizard and then cut to a different film grain shot of an iguana in a lab and then back to the car. Oh no, the Iguana is chasing us.

The effect can be jarring, to say the least.

But Cooper, so far as I have heard, actually wrote the screenplay for Overlord with the stock footage he was going to use already in mind, tailoring his script so that the footage actually made sense. The movie is shot so that the switch from studio to stock lighting and film quality is barely noticeable. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's seamless--it does take a little while to get used to, but after the first fifteen minutes or so you don't even notice it.

And that's a good sign, that you have to "get used to" the picture for a little while before you feel comfortable watching it. That's the sign of originality. This is a brooding and slow-paced war film, but unlike other such films it maintains a certain lightness in spite of its weighty subject and so avoids coming off as ponderous. No viewpoints are shoved in your face. Hard questions are asked, yes, but you're given plenty of time to try and sort them out for yourself.

This is a movie you have to be wide awake while watching--it demands your full attention, and if you're not willing to give that up then you're probably not going to enjoy it. Overlord is most certainly not mindless entertainment. It provokes thought, and if thought makes you uncomfortable it's simply not the movie for you.


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