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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Cpl. Victor Dell
Pte. Colin Daventry
Tam Williams ...
Pte. Eddie Macfarlane
Anthony Strachan ...
Pte. Horace Beckwith
Michael Moreland ...
Lt. Col. Villiers
Pte. Charlie Ambrose
Rag Rookwood
John Higgins ...
Pte. Cornwallis
Pte. James Deamis
Tim Murphy ...
Pte. Bone
Pte. Dieter Zimmermann


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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Release Date:

17 September 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La Trinchera  »

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Did You Know?


The first partnership between Daniel Craig and Ben Whishaw. Both would appear also in Layer Cake (2004), Enduring Love (2004) and Skyfall (2012). See more »


The shelling of German trenches and the nomansland before the actual attack was immense. First of all the shelling would have been deafening, secondly, the nomansland would have been a moon-like scenery full of craters and barbwire, not a nice meadow. See more »


Pte. Horace Beckwith: How'd I look, Sarge?
Sgt. Telford Winter: Like the ace of spades, Beckwith.
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Captures A Sense Of Personal Impending Doom & Claustrophobia
10 November 2001 | by (London (Wandsworth)) – See all my reviews

Shot 99.9% INSIDE the trench to convey the sense of claustrophobia. It works. You can almost smell the trench. I personally think that the low budget style produced a happy bi-product rather than it being planned. Not a conventional war movie but a VERY British close up at the inter-personal relationships during WW1 before the Battle of The Somme. The youthful Paul Nicholls eminates a young 'duty to your country soldier' and in the alone-ness he fantasises over the memory of a young girl who merely served him with a stamp at his local post office. Loads of blood and guts and a particularly harrowing scene - almost subliminal - which works well as it ensures your brain remembers the real horrors of war at close quarters inside a trench. The usual chain of command reveals why delegation can sometimes disguise cowardice and fear. The film achieves its objective and portrays the awful waste of life.

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