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1 November 1998 (USA) See more »
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Shell-shocked, unidentified English WW I soldier, unable to speak, tries to recover health, identity... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Paul Brooke ... Urquart
Olivia Caffrey ... Jane Wetherby

Tom Chadbon ... Col. Eelham
Jonathan Cullen ... Christian Derry
Mark Drewry ... Capt. Parr
Alison Fiske ... Mrs. Derry
Mathew Fraser ... Pvt. Baker
David Henry ... Brig. Wheatley
David Hounslow ... Sgt. Craddock
Dafydd Hywel ... Dr. Ewan Thomas
Anna Keaveney ... Florence Davis
Dave Kent ... Cpl. Teague
Bill Leadbitter ... RMP Sergeant

John Light ... Maj. Wethersby
Gary Mavers ... Angel

Aislín McGuckin ... Jenny Davis
Andrew McLay ... Pvt. Watts
Barbara New ... Narrator
John Normington ... David Truman
Rachel Scorgie ... Mrs. Teague
Anne Stanton ... Matron Ingoldsby
Sophie Stanton ... Maggie Roberts

Pip Torrens ... Maj. Stephen Phelps
Frederick Treves ... Sir Francis Carey
Zoe Waites ... Emily

David Westhead ... Jeff Quinn
Frances White ... Dorothy Truman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Abbott ... Sgt. Wright

Juliet Aubrey ... Sophia Carey
Geoffrey Bateman ... Lt. Col. Powell
Ilan Dwek ... Dining Private (uncredited)

Directed by
David Drury 
 
Writing credits
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Peter Barwood 
Patrick Harbinson 

Produced by
Michele Buck .... producer
Helga Dowie .... associate producer
Jonathan Powell .... executive producer
Damien Timmer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alan Parker 
 
Cinematography by
Ivan Strasburg 
 
Film Editing by
David Blackmore 
 
Production Design by
Christopher Robilliard 
 
Art Direction by
Sue Ferguson 
 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Holdich 
 
Makeup Department
Kezia De Winne .... makeup designer
Renata Gilbert .... makeup artist
Lucy Willis .... daily makeup artist (1998)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Calder .... first assistant director
Siobhan Tucker .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Patrick Bennet .... stand-by art director
Mark Fruin .... chargehand stand-by propman
Lloyd Vincent .... props
 
Sound Department
Clive Derbyshire .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Graham Hills .... special effects technician
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brierley .... first assistant camera
Nick Pearson .... dolly grip
Andrew Taylor .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allan Hay .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Trevor Brown .... colorist
 
Music Department
Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer
 
Transportation Department
Darren Thackeray .... unit driver
 

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Thought provoking WWI mystery - is the amnesiac soldier all he seems?, 12 May 2002
Author: hazells518 from Kent, England

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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