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The Unknown Soldier (1998)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  1 November 1998 (USA)
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Shell-shocked, unidentified English WW I soldier, unable to speak, tries to recover health, identity, and his memory with the help of a nurse. This leads to romance, mystery and suspense.

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Olivia Caffrey ...
Jane Wetherby
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Col. Eelham
Jonathan Cullen ...
Christian Derry
Mark Drewry ...
Capt. Parr
Alison Fiske ...
Mrs. Derry
Mathew Fraser ...
Pvt. Baker
David Henry ...
Brig. Wheatley
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Sgt. Craddock
Dafydd Hywel ...
Dr. Ewan Thomas
Anna Keaveney ...
Florence Davis
Dave Kent ...
Cpl. Teague
Bill Leadbitter ...
RMP Sergeant
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Maj. Wethersby
Gary Mavers ...
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Shell-shocked, unidentified English WW I soldier, unable to speak, tries to recover health, identity, and his memory with the help of a nurse. This leads to romance, mystery and suspense. Written by Anonymous

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Thought provoking WWI mystery - is the amnesiac soldier all he seems?
12 May 2002 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

This fine mini-series, directed by David Drury (THE CRY, RHODES, and PRIME SUSPECT 3) is a touching and thought-provoking depiction of the futility of the Great War, a slaughter which wiped out a generation, and changed the role of women forever. Written by Peter Barwood (TV series HEARTBEAT) it includes the cruelty of the courts-martial and executions for desertion, the further losses from the the post-war influenza outbreak, the blurring of class distinctions, and the disappointment of women who must relinquish their wartime jobs to the returning men. Beautifully and sensitively acted by Juliet Aubrey as Carey's strong-willed daughter Sophia in one of her best roles since GO NOW and STILL CRAZY. Sophia plays a Nurse who has suffered her own losses and feels very strongly for the disabled men as they and their families try to adjust to normal life. She falls for one of her patients, the enigmatic Unknown Soldier (Gary Mavers, PEAK PRACTICE's hunk Dr. Attwood) found shell-shocked and wandering naked in No-Man's Land. The men call him Angel, as he saved the life of another officer, but who is he really? Is he an Officer or an enlisted man ? In their efforts to find his real identity he faces the horrors of electric shock therapy, accusations of malingering, threats of being returned immediately to the fighting at the front, court-martial as a deserter, and conflicting witnesses including a couple desperately claiming him as their son. Compared to the epic THE English PATIENT (beautifully filmed but too Hollywood) this is more grittily realistic. Mavers' performance is wooden, and Aubrey is altogether too modern and earnest in her commitment to those men (why is she attracted to Angel?) but the cast includes familiar British faces Frederick Treves, Pip Torrens and Tom Chadbon who are as excellent as ever.


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