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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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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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[Jack and Arthur are lying down and talking while awaiting deployment]
Jack: Did you hear what Tom did this morning?
Arthur: No.
Jack: He went to see old Nickelby, and asked him if they gave out compassionate leave if there's been a death in the family. So Nickelby said, "Oh, yeah, yeah, depending on the circumstances." And Tom said, "Well, there hasn't been a death in my family yet, but there's going to be one very soon, and I request leave to go home and console my parents."
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A gentle, heart-wrenching look at one soldier's story.
29 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw a screening of this movie and was blown away by it. A simple story told in a "did they film this or is it archival footage" masterpiece. So many movies try to tell a story and piece together bits and pieces of newsreel footage. Woody Allen's "Zelig" and "Forest Gump" put the characters into old newsreel footage. Stuart Cooper created a whole story and filmed new scenes, combined them with archival and newsreel footage to create a haunting and beautiful film. Simple yet telling, the story of one soldier's preparation for WWII and his ultimate participation is riveting. The performances are quiet yet real. The footage found and the new footage filmed are seamless. The director and cinematographer found old German lenses and created the look to match what was filmed back in the 1940's. Criterion and Janus Films are releasing this gem and I hope every serious film lover will go see it. Not seen in the US on the big screen since it was filmed in 1975, now is the time for it to take it's rightful place. With war still an ugly reality and lonely yet brave soldier's giving their life for the country every day, this is a testament and tribute to those who believe in fighting for your country. Patriotism!


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