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Behind the Lines (1997)
"Regeneration" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  14 August 1998 (USA)
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Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj. Bryce
Dr. Yealland
Paul Young ...
Dr. Brock
Capt. Campbell
Miss Crowe
Dr. McIntyre
Rupert Procter ...
Capt. David Burns


Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of England's most important WW1 poets. Written by Daniel Roy <>

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Between duty and destiny, loyalty and love, lies the road to... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war-related violent images, and some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Behind the Lines  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£68,447 (UK) (9 January 1998)


$19,273 (USA) (14 August 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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The camera and the crane on which it is suspended are reflected in several puddles during the very opening shot (of the battlefield). See more »


Capt. William Rivers: I find it interesting that you don't stutter.
Billy Prior: I find it even more interesting that you do.
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »


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Performed by Helen Clarke and Chorus
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Reasonably faithful rendition of a classic book
24 April 2000 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

When a film is made of a classic book like this one, it has to satisfy two sets of viewers - those who have read the book and want to see it faithfully rendered on screen, and those who want to see an entertaining film. It is seldom easy to do both, but this film makes a valiant attempt. It is true to the original in spirit, and makes use of Pat Barker's excellent dialogues and one-to-one scenes. Criticisms of it as "talky" are difficult to justify, because to include lengthy action sequences that play no part in the book would clearly alter the nature of the story.

My main criticism would be that the Rivers character comes across as lacking in professionalism rather than simply sensitive to his patients. The scene where he quarrels openly with Sassoon in the dining room is not only unlikely but untrue to the book. The Prior sub-plot is also grossly simplified and his affair with the munitionette is made to appear more innocent than it is. This is inevitable in a dramatisation, and the oblique references to the future development of the character are probably a mistake, as they will mean nothing to those who have not read the book.

I particularly like the musical score, which adds to the atmosphere without distracting the viewer.

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