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Chasing the Deer (1994)

The Jacobite Rebellion of Scotland, and thirty years after the first battle, Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army make a stand at Culloden.

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Maj. Elliot
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Tullibardine
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Alistair Campbell (as Mathew Zajac)
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Angus Cameron
Brian Donald ...
Old Campbell
Sandy Welch ...
Old Cameron
Peter Gordon ...
McKinnon
Carolyn Konrad ...
Morag
Lynn Ferguson ...
Shonagh
Lewis Rae ...
Simon Kirk ...
Sgt. Kirk
Andy McCullogh ...
Sgt. Monroe
Callum McDougal ...
Crofter
Steven Cooper ...
Crofter
Michael Leighton ...
O'Sullivan
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The Jacobite Rebellion of Scotland, and thirty years after the first battle, Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army make a stand at Culloden.

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It will stir your blood and break your heart.

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History | War

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16 December 1994 (USA)  »

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1746 - Die Schlacht in den Highlands  »

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The film takes place in 1746. See more »

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An Toll Dubh
By Runrig
Courtesy of Ridge Records
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A moving and personal portrayal of dramatic events
8 May 2006 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Chasing the Deer' is a worthy achievement in British film. It is blessed with a script which is concise enough to maintain a pace, whilst full enough to emote and explain. The cast, hardly block-buster names, is fortunate enough to contain some genuine talent and convincing accentuation. Battle scenes are sensitively managed, lacking the gore and brutality of films such as Gibson's Braveheart, but surpassing such films in the authority of the history. The use of experienced re-enactors of the period, noticeably the Charles Edward Stuart Society, allows an unusual reality into the ranks.

This film truly makes the grade in its balance. No judgement is pronounced on the rights or wrongs of either side in the conflict, and the sense of tragedy transcends the politics. Far from the romanticised Niven performance in Bonnie Prince Charlie - a green and pleasant distraction - this portrayal of the Jacobite rising both unfolds its history and presents its raw emotion. Do not expect big budget epic, but enjoy this stirring and credible treatment.


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