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Overlord -- During the war a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.
Overlord -- Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage and a fictional narrative, Stuart Cooper’s immersive account of one 20 year-old’s journey from basic training to the front lines of D-Day brings all the terrors and isolation of war to life with authenticity.

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Director:
Writers:
Christopher Hudson (original screenplay) and
Stuart Cooper (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 March 1978 (Denmark) See more »
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Presented by The Imperial War Museum See more »
Plot:
During the war a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent. Just excellent. See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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
Elsa Minelli ... Little Girl's Mother

Directed by
Stuart Cooper 
 
Writing credits
Christopher Hudson (original screenplay) and
Stuart Cooper (original screenplay)

Produced by
James Quinn .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Glass 
 
Cinematography by
John Alcott (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Gili 
 
Makeup Department
Penny Shawyer .... makeup artist (as Penny Delamer)
 
Production Management
Michael Guest .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... sound editor
Jeremy Hume .... sound assistant
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer (as Gerry Humphries)
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Robin O'Donoghue .... assistant dubbing mixer (as Robin O'Donoughue)
Stephen Ransley .... boom operator (as Steven Ransley)
Bridget Reiss .... sound assistant
Bryan Tilling .... dialogue editor (as Brian Tilling)
Jeremy Hume .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Daniel S. McCoy .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Bridget Reiss .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Bogue .... electrician
Tony Cridlin .... grip
Simon Ransley .... camera operator
Chris Tanner .... focus
David Watkins .... clapper/loader
 
Editorial Department
Jupiter Sen .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Douglas Matten .... musical associate
John Richards .... music mixer
Douglas Matten .... associate music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wendy Banks .... continuity
Peter Bath .... laboratory consultant
Tom Dickinson .... personal assistant to director
Jack Hawtree .... production accountant
Anne Hechle .... main titles design
Jacques Leroide .... personal assistant to director
Gough Quinn .... assistant to producer
 
Thanks
Brigadier W.S.G. Armour .... the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as Brigadier W.S.G. Armour M.B.E. Colonel Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire)
Finlay M. Campbell .... the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of: for access to their diaries
Robert Crawford .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff: production liaison
Frederick Dicker .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff: stills processing
Brian Downing .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff: archive assistance
Anne Fleming .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff
Noble Frankland .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by (as Dr. Noble Frankland D.F.C. Director of the Imperial War Museum)
Barry Kitts .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff: set design
Denise Lawrence .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff: archive assistance
Edward R. McCosh .... the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of: for access to their dairies
Laurie Milner .... the producer and director gratefulyl acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff: costume advice
Michael Moody .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff: set design
Iris Murray .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff: laboratory liaison
Bernard Slade .... the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by the following members of his staff: stills processing
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Brent Laboratories  the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by: printing from archive negatives
  • British Movietonews  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as British Movietone News)
  • Commandant and Staff of the Guards' Depot, The  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as The Commandant & Staff of the Guards' Depot)
  • Corfe Castle Estate  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of
  • Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral, The  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as The Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's Cathedral)
  • Films Montsouris  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as Films Montsouris & Helevision)
  • Imperial War Museum  the producer and director gratefully acknowledge the assistance given by (as the Imperial War Museum Department of Film)
  • Kent and East Sussex Railway  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as The Kent and East Sussex Railway)
  • Kingston Lacey Estate  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of
  • London Fire Brigade  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as The London Fire Brigade)
  • Music Centre, The  music recorded at (as The Music Centre, Wembley)
  • R.A.F. Strike Command  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, R.A.F. Strike Command)
  • R.N. Air Station Yeovilton  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as Flag Officer, Naval Air Command, R.N. Air Station, Yeovilton)
  • South-Eastern District  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as General Officer Commanding South-Eastern District)
  • The Royal Marines  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as Commandant-General, Royal Marines)
  • Twickenham Studios  sound rerecorded at (as Twickenham Film Studios, Twickenham, England.)
  • Vee Films  optical effects
  • West German State Film Archive  the producers also acknowledge with thanks the assistance of (as West German State Film Archive, Coblenz)

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83 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Lambeth WalkSee more »

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39 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Excellent. Just excellent., 16 May 2005
Author: eddie-177 from United States

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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