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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 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 ...
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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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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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[last line]
Arthur: Oh, God, he's dead! Fuck!
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We Don't Know Where We're Going
Written by Ralph T. Butler (as Ralph Butler) & Noel Gay
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Sympathy and Syphilis
26 October 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Overlord" is a very good film, but marred by one constantly reoccurring flaw - the editing. The editing is so choppy, so ill-conceived that the film is never allowed to completely get off the ground. The newsreel footage could have been used much more effectively for punctuation as opposed to content. There's so much of it at play here that any new footage seems almost like an afterthought. And for a film whose running time barely tops an hour and twenty minutes, there's quite a lack of dramatic drive behind it. Every time "Overlord" settles into a powerful or gripping sequence (and there are several), five to ten minutes of uninterrupted stock footage breaks up the flow.

Those are the bad points. Now for the good. The acting is the first thing that comes to mind. Brian Stirner plays Tom, the main character. He conveys emotion with such purity, from trepidation to fear to honesty to joy. His face draws you in with its uncomplicated childlike demeanour. The supporting actors are all equally impressive. No one ever feels like anything less than fully real. John Alcott, as far as I'm concerned, is the real star here. His cinematography perfectly mirrors the wartime footage used, but still giving it his distinctly powerful personality. He adds so much to this film. Stuart Cooper brings it all together, but his poor eye for editing sabotages his own best strengths.

This is a very, very good film. But the pacing flaws present throughout make it extremely difficult to get into. If a more linear approach could have been adopted while still maintaining the powerful melancholy poetry of "Overlord", this could have been a great film.


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