Set in a small town in Kansas during the days before the town's annual Fourth of July parade, this rural drama follows Rachel Kirby whose life is thrown into turmoil when her estranged, ... See full summary »
Peter H. Hunt
RC Sherriff's Journey's End is the seminal British play about WW1. Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously awaiting their fate.
I didn't realize it was based on the 1930 movie of the same name. Although it has been 26 years since viewing this made for TV version, I remember how poignant and gut wrenching as well the interaction of all the characters were. It is set in a British bunker during WWI with very little movement from this central scene. Everyone is in and out of the bunker, and they interact in both war time, professional ways as well as suffering their own humanity in personal ways. Nothing appears to be going very well in the war, and they are hard pressed on every side to keep their sanity and composure in tough times. War is Hell, and this is a fine example of how a small group of men attempted to both fight a war and fight for survival even among themselves. I'd love to see it again.
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