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Deathwatch -- In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone...and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down.
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Release Date:
7 November 2002 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Tagline:
Deliver them from evil
Plot:
In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(117 articles)
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User Reviews:
Good Directing . Bad Screenplay See more (123 total) »

Cast

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Jamie Bell ... Pfc. Charlie Shakespeare
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Pvt. Colin Chevasse (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
Mike Downey ... Martin Plummer

Laurence Fox ... Capt. Bramwell Jennings
Roman Horák ... German soldier (as Roman Horak)
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Pvt. Willie McNess

Torben Liebrecht ... Friedrich

Kris Marshall ... Pvt. Barry Starinski

Hans Matheson ... Pvt. Jack Hawkstone

Hugh O'Conor ... Anthony Bradford

Matthew Rhys ... Cpl. Doc Fairweather

Andy Serkis ... Pvt. Thomas Quinn

Hugo Speer ... Sgt. David Tate
Pavel Tesar ... Mudman

Directed by
Michael J. Bassett 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael J. Bassett 

Produced by
Michael Bischoff .... associate producer
Mike Downey .... producer
Jan Fantl .... co-executive producer
Caroline Hewitt .... executive producer
Frank Hübner .... producer
Ralph Kamp .... associate producer
Sam Lavender .... executive producer
Dan Maag .... executive producer
Sam Taylor .... producer
 
Original Music by
Curt Cress 
Chris Weller 
 
Cinematography by
Hubert Taczanowski 
 
Film Editing by
Anne Sopel 
 
Casting by
Liora Reich 
 
Production Design by
Aleksandar Denic 
 
Art Direction by
Martin Martinec 
 
Costume Design by
Lucinda Wright 
 
Production Management
Simon Borecki .... unit manager
Reinhild Gräber .... production supervisor: ApolloMedia
Rudolf Kurz .... production supervisor: ApolloMedia
Patty Saffeels .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jude Campbell .... first assistant director: second unit
Hendrik Holler .... first assistant director (as Hendrick 'The Machine' Holler)
 
Art Department
Pavel Hemmy .... assistant property master
Dennis Todorovic .... art department interpreter
 
Sound Department
Nick Adams .... sound designer
Max Bauer .... foley artist
Gordon Brown .... dialogue adr editor
Normann Büttner .... foley recordist
Paul Carr .... sound
Daniel Dietenberger .... foley editor
Samir Foco .... sound effects editor
Samir Foco .... sound re-recording mixer
Ivana Jeftic .... sound editor
Jirí Kríz .... production sound mixer
Jirí Kríz .... sound
Srdjan Kurpjel .... sound mixer
Andy Thompson .... sound
Paul Wrightson .... sound effects editor
Daniel Goganian .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Pavel Sagner .... special effects coordinator
Jirí Vater .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Ales Dlabac .... digital effects artist
Maros Kesjar .... digital effects artist
David Vána .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Pavel Cajzl .... stunt double
Petr Drozda .... stunt coordinator
Jindrich Klaus .... utility stunts
Rudolf Vrba .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kriz David .... electrician
Chad Davidson .... camera operator
Milan Jirsa .... gaffer
Frantisek Novák .... first assistant camera
Petr Svoboda .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dita Valentinova .... costume interpreter
 
Editorial Department
Trevor Brown .... colorist
Steve Farman .... negative cutter
Louisa Harding .... assistant editor
Martin Hubacek .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Rob Lane .... composer: additional music
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Alexander Saal .... music recording mixer
 
Other crew
Kate Barry .... production coordinator
Daniel Jewel .... development executive
 
Thanks
Stephen Daldry .... thanks
Alexander Stevens .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Death Front" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, language and brief sexuality
Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Many of the most horrific images in the film were inspired by a book called 'The Covenant of War'.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The pistol used by several of the men in the movie is in fact a Webley Mk.IV, not a Webley Mk.V or Mk.VI, which would have been correct. The Mk.IV (.38 calibre version) was not designed until the 1920s.See more »
Quotes:
Cpl. Doc Fairweather:McNess, what are you doing?
Pvt. Willie McNess:Leaving!
Pvt. Thomas Quinn:Well that's the best idea I've heard all day.
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FAQ

Im confused at the end, were the soldiers in the real world after the battle?
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Good Directing . Bad Screenplay, 12 July 2007
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Anyone remember William Boyd's movie THE TRENCH ? It was made in 1999 and was set on the eve of the battle of the Somme , a battle that saw the British army lose 20,000 soldiers on the first day of battle . It was fairly unconvincing not helped by the fact that the eponymous trench looked like a film set . Not so with Michael J Basset's DEATHWATCH which has a realistic miss-en-scene , so realistic in fact you can taste the mud in your mouth , the rain on your skin and smell the stench of decomposing flesh inside your nose . Anyone think war's a game ? I suggest you watch this movie because it might just change your mind . Just a pity that Basset decided to make a horror movie involving the supernatural because who needs monsters when you see what the human race is capable of

The characters are rather clichéd but no more so than those seen in THE TRENCH or THE SOMME ( 2005 ) and the cast do their best especially Andy Serkis who plays a violent maniac . 10 million people died in the first world war so it's refreshing to see a soldier from that period actually enjoying killing the enemy so much simply down to blind hatred . You think the Jerries and Tommies played football together and drank schnapps every Christmas ? Think again . What really ruins the film is the main story of a supernatural force in the trench alongside the soldiers . It's very confusing and underdeveloped and in places just downright silly , especially that ending

In short this is a film that could have been a modern anti-war classic . Basset has made a highly atmospheric film with some very disturbing imagery . It's interesting to note that the scene everyone remembers is the one where the blankets are pulled back , a scene that you feel uncomfortable watching because you just know something like that has happened in real conflicts in the past and will happen in future conflicts . Did we need supernatural damnation when all you have to do is switch on the TV every day to see the human race damned by it's own hand ?

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