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William Boyd (writer)
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Release Date:
17 September 1999 (UK) See more »
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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 »
User Reviews:
A terrible waste of human lives, a terrible waste of celluloid See more (28 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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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 »
Quotes:
Pte. Charlie Ambrose:[in a mocking whine] You can tell your grandchildren, I was wounded by a flyin' tooth.
[everyone laughs]
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A terrible waste of human lives, a terrible waste of celluloid, 8 September 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Set in the run up to the disastrous first day of the 1916 Battle of the Somme, The Trench isn't entirely worthless, but it's not a movie, more a filmed play (despite being written as a movie), and a very poor one at that with that 1970s BBC For Schools television look. The decision to shoot on a soundstage is particularly disastrous, since it never looks like anything but a soundstage, and this despite having a good cinematographer (Tony Pierce-Roberts). The decision to never leave the trench until the final scene doesn't really work, partially because we have no indication of the world that awaits them, but largely because Boyd's finale is just too televisual to have any compensating shock value. The abrupt jump to exterior for the last couple of minutes (and very tame they are too) is very noticeable, the film stocks and looks just not matching at all. Borrowing the final image of Gallipoli as well doesn't help.

Characters constantly explain what they're doing to each other despite having been in the trench for several weeks or months; there's no immediacy, no sense of danger, no sense of having to live in a fetid, claustrophobic open grave. Indeed, it's one of the most comfortable British trenches I've seen, with an absolutely level floor for the most part place. The soft barrage - the quietest I've ever heard for shells landing 700 yards away - doesn't help. Boyd really doesn't have any idea of the possibilities that cinema has to offer, either camera or sound. It's real problem, though, is that ultimately it's a polite, clean and determinedly inoffensive film about a dirty, ugly war.

Pluses are some good performances, most notably Daniel Craig and Paul Nicholls, the latter improving after a bland start to establish a credible screen presence. There are a couple of good scenes, too, but it doesn't really have the ring of truth or authenticity - the mood seems more influenced by hindsight than the actual mood in the run-up to the first day. Not only do you never feel you're there alongside them, but there's no sense of people caught up in, and disposed by the mad rush of a cruel history beyond their control. There's no dread, no fear, just observation. The shortfall between the film Boyd thought he was making and the bland one he did is made frighteningly apparent by his interviews in the EPK included on the DVD.

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