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Writer:
William Boyd (writer)
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Release Date:
17 September 1999 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
It is a place 8ft wide, 600 miles long, man-made and God-forsaken.
Plot:
A story about a group of soldiers last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916 it shows the conditions in the trenches during world war 1 and takes you into the minds of the soldiers. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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Quality performances make a simple film powerfully effective See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Paul Nicholls ... Pte. Billy Macfarlane

Daniel Craig ... Sgt. Telford Winter

Julian Rhind-Tutt ... 2nd Lt. Ellis Harte

Danny Dyer ... Lance Cpl. Victor Dell

James D'Arcy ... Pte. Colin Daventry
Tam Williams ... Pte. Eddie Macfarlane
Anthony Strachan ... Pte. Horace Beckwith
Michael Moreland ... Pte. George Hogg
Adrian Lukis ... Lt. Col. Villiers

Ciarán McMenamin ... Pte. Charlie Ambrose

Cillian Murphy ... Rag Rookwood
John Higgins ... Pte. Cornwallis

Ben Whishaw ... Pte. James Deamis
Tim Murphy ... Pte. Bone

Danny Nutt ... Pte. Dieter Zimmermann
Charles Cartmell ... Harold Faithfull
Tom Mullion ... Nelson
Jenny Pickering ... Maria Corrigan
Tom Silburn ... Platoon Member
Dahren Davey ... Platoon Member
Jamie Newell ... Platoon Member
Liam King ... Platoon Member
Stan Charity ... Platoon Member
Luke Duckett ... Platoon Member
Chris Bridgeman ... Platoon Member
Guy Barrett ... Platoon Member
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Directed by
William Boyd 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Boyd  writer

Produced by
Mairi Bett .... line producer
Steve Clark-Hall .... producer
Xavier Marchand .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Evelyn Glennie 
Greg Malcangi 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts 
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
Laurence Méry-Clark 
 
Casting by
Jennifer Duffy 
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Jim Clay 
 
Art Direction by
Phil Harvey 
 
Set Decoration by
Val Wolstenholme 
 
Costume Design by
David Crossman 
Lindy Hemming 
 
Makeup Department
Kevin Alexander .... makeup artist
Ann Buchanan .... hair designer
Ann Buchanan .... make up designer
Susan Howard .... makeup artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fiona Gosden .... third assistant director
Cordelia Hardy .... first assistant director
Adrian Toynton .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
John Bohan .... construction manager
Stuart Clarke .... scenic artist
Nick Milner .... prop stand-by
Paul Purdy .... prop master
 
Sound Department
John Bateman .... foley mixer
Jonathan Bates .... supervising sound editor
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Griffiths .... sound maintenance
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Jenny Lee Wright .... foley artist
Angus Munro .... sound trainee
Chris Munro .... production sound mixer
Alastair Sirkett .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Simon Cockren .... special effects technician
Graham Hills .... special effects technician
Graham Longhurst .... special effects supervisor
Richard Van Den Bergh .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Sean Broughton .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tom Delmar .... stunt coordinator
Crispin Layfield .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... key grip
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Sarah Bartles-Smith .... clapper loader
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Dave Freeth .... libra technician
Sam Garwood .... focus puller
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura May .... wardrobe assistant
Neil Murphy .... wardrobe assistant
Timothy Shanahan .... costume ager/dyer
Rupert Steggle .... wardrobe assistant
William Steggle .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Mags Arnold .... first assistant editor
Simon Astbury .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Evelyn Glennie .... musician
Greg Malcangi .... musician
 
Other crew
Daniel Bird .... rushes synchronization: Telefilm
Jo Cameron Brown .... voice coach
Gary Cue .... stand-in
Daniel Dally .... production assistant
Jason Horwood .... stand-in: Daniel Craig
Chris Martin .... assistant location manager
Marcus McLaughlin .... stand-in
Chris Morgan .... location manager
Shruti Shah .... production accountant
Emily Stillman .... production coordinator
Bill Walker .... unit car
Elizabeth West .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Mark Dunford .... special thanks
Cyril Megret .... thanks
 

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98 min
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Did You Know?

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

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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Quality performances make a simple film powerfully effective, 25 September 1999
Author: adrianj from United Kingdom

Who would choose to make their debut a WWI character piece set within the confines of one trench? For his first directorial effort William Boyd has not tried to run before he can walk, and Paul Nicholls in his first released feature plays a role he clearly empathises with.

The relative inexperience of Boyd is evident in the modesty of the production - no expensive effects, no epic locations - but that actually works well in this study of young men trying to cope with the unthinkable horror that characterised the World War One battlefield.

Cooped up for days in dreadful conditions, the various characters - the naive (Nicholls), the intellectual (D'Arcy), the objectionable (Dyer), the loveable fattie (Strachan) - at turns argue with and provide support for each other, but at the end of the day have to face almost certain death on their own and in their own way.

This is not a great film, it doesn't quite provide a strong enough focus to help you empathise with the characters, for the most part it feels like a filmed play, but as a film it is able to provide moments of real visual power such as the final scenes as the boys finally leave the trenches to face the German guns.

For those last few minutes, the realisation of what they are about to do hits you hard, you can really sense the terror that they must have felt.

Despite it's "theatrical" feel at times, and the constraints of its setting, this is a fine and evocative film, with an excellent cast. Paul Nicholls, Danny Dyer and James D'Arcy are not alone in giving faultless performances, but the star of the film must be Daniel Craig, who is superb as Sgt Winter, a man who has survived the battlefield once, but knows his luck is about to run out.

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