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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, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War 1 and taking you into the minds of the soldiers. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
trench life made to look cosy 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
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
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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Trivia:
Film debut of Ben Whishaw.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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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
trench life made to look cosy, 31 August 2006
Author: gumbo31 from United Kingdom

Strangely this film has grown on me and I'm not sure why but still have a hate for it. The acting is fairly sound and it has some good moments but there isn't much feel for realism. For a start the trenches would have been infested with rats and lice and from what I've read about The Somme it seemed a lot more draumatic than what was portrayed in this film. It just looked too clean. The main hardship they had experienced was boredom, not relentless rain and the constant madness of bombardments. Also what was the point of capturing a German and then not interrogate him, but give him a fag and then let him go? Another wrong point is that the battalions would have been from the same region. Yeh, I'm being picky but why the scots were with southerners and northerners I don't know. The end of the film is the worst. Surely if there had been nights of endless shelling you'd expect to see some shell holes when going over the top? Could of had a nice picnic on that land. Shame, if the director had read more relevant books it could have been really good.

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