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An Ungentlemanly Act (1992)

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Royal Marines defend Government House from Argentine invaders during the events that triggered the Falklands War.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Governor Rex Hunt
Rosemary Leach ...
Mavis Hunt
Dick Baker
James Warrior ...
Don Bonner
Tony Hunt
Elizabeth Bradley ...
Kate Spiro ...
Connie Baker
Holly Barker ...
Baker Girl #1
Baker Girl #2
Maj. Garry Noott
Maj. Mike Norman
Cpl. 'Geordie' Gill
Marine Wilcox
Richard Graham ...
Cpl. Armour
Marine Farnworth


Based on actual accounts, this film portrays the days and hours before and during the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina, which eventually lead to the Falklands War. As the Argentine forces land on the main island and make their way towards Government House, the British Royal Marines batten down the hatches and prepare to defend Governer Rex Hunt, his family and their fellow islanders from the invaders. Written by Alexander Lum <>

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Mike Norman, the commander of the Royal Marine forces during the actual battle, and played by 'Bob Peck' in the film, acted as an advisor to the film and also played a small role as one of the Falkland Island Defence Force volunteers. See more »


Maj. Mike Norman: We have resources to defend one beach. Choosing the deep one on the assumption it'll be landing craft we face. If, on the other hand, they have modern amphibious personnel carriers, it'll be this shallow beach they use. Have we had any intelligence?
Maj. Garry Noott: Only one MI6 man in Latin America. Even if he is in Argentina.
Maj. Mike Norman: Then it will be bingo or bollocks.
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A moving yet humorous story of a prelude to tragedy
10 April 2001 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Fine performances by Ian Richardson and Bob Peck underpin this gripping and moving account of the first days of the 1982 Falklands War, as the Islands are invaded by the Argentinians. As Governor Rex Hunt, Richardson brings a nobility and sympathy to the role of a minor, passed-over British diplomat abandoned by his government in London and faced with the impossible task of directing the defence of the islands against an imminent invasion. The defending British Marines are commanded by Major Mike Norman (Bob Peck), an experienced, cynical soldier aware he will have to fight against impossible odds, yet determined to resist for the honour of the Royal Marines. His speech to his men on the eve of battle is a moving and inspiring moment.

The accuracy and the attention to detail in this movie is explained by much of the filming taking place in the Falklands, and Mike Norman himself acting as military adviser. The combat scenes are intense and graphic, yet emphasis is also placed on the black humour and irreverence so integral to military life, demonstrating the irrepressible character of the British Marines.

The attention to the Argentinian side is less three-dimensional, but the enemy soldiers are largely portrayed as human beings, unlike so many flag-waving war movies.

The Falkland Islanders appear as eccentric figures, bemused by the events which have overtaken their forgotten corner of the south Atlantic. The local radio presenter in particular is a gem, refusing politely to accede to Argentinian threats as a gun is held to his head. Apparently, after this film was released in the UK, some islanders disassociated themselves from their portrayal in the movie, but contemporary accounts by soldiers and journalists who served in the Falklands during and after the war would seem to lend credence to the impression that these transplanted Brits are indeed an odd bunch.

The savage and tragic war to retake the islands in the months that followed has tended to overshadow the story of the invasion itself, but this thoughtful movie provides a fine testament to the courage and steadfastness of the outnumbered, yet unflappable, British soldier, and is an accurate and thoughtful study of a near-forgotten episode of recent history.

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