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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, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War 1 and taking you into the minds of the soldiers. | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I Did Have Reservations At The Start .... See more (29 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jamie Wilson ... Platoon Member

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
Fred Brown .... best boy
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 the 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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Title Card:On the 1st July 1916 - the first day of the Battle of Somme - 60,000 soldiers were killed or wounded, most of those in the first two hours of the attack. It remains the bloodiest day of slaughter in the history of the British Army.
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35 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
I Did Have Reservations At The Start ...., 5 November 2003
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

.... because the opening title sequence is very bland . Compare it to the shocking title sequence of the 1960s BBC documentary THE GREAT WAR . As the film goes on we`re introduced to the characters and I couldn`t help noticing that one is Southern English , a couple are Northern English , a couple are Jocks , a couple are Irish while the sarge is a scouser . I`m sorry but I was convinced that British army infantry regiments of the period were composed of " Pals battalions " , that is battalions composed entirely of men from the same home town . Take for instance the 16th battalion of The Royal Scots which was formed in one week and was called " The Hearts battalion " because it was composed mainly of supporters of Hearts football club . The 16th Royal Scots even had 16 Hearts players in its ranks so I don`t believe for a moment that any British army infantry platoon was as regionally mixed as the one here

The more THE TRENCH goes on the more I found myself questioning the accuracy of the movie especially its mood and its sense of time and place . A British made trench in France in 1916 . Since when did the Brits build trenches like the one seen here ? It even has a concrete floor that the Germans would have been proud of which seems to go against I`ve seen in photographic evidence . The film also has an anachronistic cynical air , what on the eve of the Somme ? The British troops had witnessed day upon day of hellish bombardment of the German positions and a lot of British soldiers had begun to feel rather sorry for Jerry , and no one but no one in the British lines had any reason to doubt anything less than a swift , spectacular British victory . Of course one day and 20,000 dead British soldiers later changed these thoughts , in fact some historians describe the date 1st of July 1916 " The day British idealism died " . One final point - As at least one other commentator mentioned THE TRENCH contains a large amount of swear words . It has been documented that one criticism by the real life survivors of BAND OF BROTHERS was that the HBO/BBC drama contained too much swearing and that people in the 1940s used far less profane words than people use nowadays . I`m inclined to believe them and I`m also inclined to believe people in 1916 probably swore less than people in the 1940s so I doubt if the men in the trenches used the " F " word in every sentence

Unfortunately who German bullets didn`t claim on that grim day have been killed by the passing of time so the chances of someone who was there writing into this site and telling us their opinion of THE TRENCH are very remote . A pity because I`d be very interested what they thought of it . As for myself I found the ending moving ( How could it not be ? ) but the rest is rather poor history and a rather poor film that seems to have homo erotic undertones

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