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Overlord (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 13 March 1978 (Denmark)
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During the Second World 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 ...
Nicholas Ball ...
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 Second World 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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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 »

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The Lambeth Walk
Written by Douglas Furber & Noel Gay
Directed by Charles Ridley, 1943
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An unfairly overlooked masterpiece
19 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw Stuart Cooper's 'Overlord' at Seattle's Grand Illusion Theater last summer (before it opened anywhere else in the US) having heard nothing about the movie, and was absolutely floored by it. Its simple story follows Thomas, a young recruit, through his army training until just before he hits the beaches on early morning D-Day, all the while haunted by the spectre of impending death which awaits on Normandy's beaches.

The archival footage which makes up much of the film's most stunning imagery is meticulously chosen and edited; it frequently becomes Tom's dreams and visions of the War as it unfolds, and for the viewer, it is a vision of what WWII was, seen from both German and British sides. Cooper so masterfully situates Tom, an everyman, in visions of the surrounding war, that by the end of this surprisingly short, yet incredibly rich film, the magnitude of the toll the war took on the individuals fighting it becomes overwhelmingly moving.

Many will notice the major influence this movie had on parts of 'Full Metal Jacket' (Kubrick's long time collaborator John Alcott shot 'Overlord,' and Kubrick once commented that the only thing wrong with this movie was that it should have been twice as long). However, 'Overlord' is unique; I've never seen another war movie quite like this. It's a masterpiece of cinematic war poetry, and that it's taken over 30 years to get a release of any kind in the US is really surprising. It certainly holds its own against any of the best movies made about WWII.


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