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The Trench (1999)

 -  Drama | War  -  17 September 1999 (UK)
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A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War 1 and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

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Lance Cpl. Victor Dell
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Pte. Colin Daventry
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Rag Rookwood
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A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War 1 and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

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It is a place 8ft wide, 600 miles long, man-made and God-forsaken.

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In preparation for the film, the director sent the main cast to a replica trench for a night to experience the conditions the British army suffered. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie looks out the loophole, no mans land is a clear green field. When the Winter and Beckwith do the raid, Beckwith claims there is a a ton of wire left. During the final attack, there is no wire. Also, due to the weeks of bombing it is likely that the ground would be a bit rough and muddy. See more »

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Sgt. Telford Winter: Ya got Jocks to the left of you, Micks to the right. Thats all you need to know for now.
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Yet Another Portrait of World War I Was Hell
8 October 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

I went considerably out of my way to be the only woman in the theater to see "The Trench" from Britain, a conventional continuation of the British obsession with World War I as being the most symbolic war. Not much new here that wasn't in "All Quiet on the Western Front" or "Paths of Glory" or "Gallipoli", but I suppose some lessons need illustrating for new generations.

Taking place claustrophobically in the trenches just prior to the bloody Battle of the Somme with the sounds of war all around--though it could also have been taking place in the canals of Mars against aliens-- the characters are typically class-based Brits (from ineffectual aristocratic officer to working class blokes whose conversations need subtitles for American viewers), but manage to stay above stereotypes through excellent acting (with actors familiar to us from PBS's "Mystery" and "Masterpiece Theater") and personalization.

I'm probably the only one other than Daniel Craig's family (and the webmasters at his fan site) who went to see the movie for him, but his career soldier sergeant in particular is a real human being.

Otherwise, as always with ensemble war movies, I have trouble telling the young guys in uniform apart to keep the characters straight.(originally written 12/2/2000)


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