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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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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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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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  • Fatts  post-production script services
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Kodak  motion picture film supplied by
  • Zound  sound post-production

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:
Torben Liebrecht had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure after all the scenes where he's tied to a cross were shot.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In his final confrontation at the body pile in the middle of the trench system, Charlie Shakespeare is armed with a German K98k carbine. But the K98k did not enter production until 1935, eighteen years after the events depicted in the film.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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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
More horror of war than horror film, 1 November 2003
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Although much-hyped as a horror film during production, 'Deathwatch' obviously shifted tone substantially in post-production towards a depiction of the everyday horrors of the Great War and seems all the better for it. Although there are vague similarities to Michael Mann's disappointing 'The Keep' and its truly dreadful British rip-off 'The Bunker,' this is both more ambitious and successful than either. A more accurate comparison would be to John Ford's rarely revived 'The Lost Patrol,' where a group of soldiers lost in the desert turn on each other as their situation worsens.

The production design is for the most part impeccable: unlike the studio-bound and cliche-ridden 'The Trench,' this offers one of the most realistic screen recreations of trench life at its worst, rats and all. Where the opening battle sequence never quite seems intense enough, the mundane realities of surviving daily life in what is little more than an open grave leave a lasting impression.

There are problems: some of the attitudes are wrong for the period, as are occasional lines of dialogue (such as references to then-nonexistent holiday camps or contemporary slang such as 'plank'). It's not even remotely frightening, and only begins to chill with its oddly touching ending (which bears more than a little similarity to a famed Bruce Joel Rubin script, the title of which would ruin the ending for anyone who hasn't seen it). But, unlike most British efforts of recent years, it is a real film with ambition and a sense of scale that deserved better at the box-office and is well worth a look.

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