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Capture of Boer Battery by British (1900)

Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily advancing in the face of a murderous fire of the Boers, who are making their guns speak ... See full summary »

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Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily advancing in the face of a murderous fire of the Boers, who are making their guns speak with rapid volleys. One by one the gunners fall beside their guns, and as the smoke clears for an instant the Highlanders are seen gaining nearer and nearer the disputed ground. Finally a grand charge is made, the siege is carried, and amid cheers they plant the colors on the spot they have so dearly earned. Written by Edison Films (1901)

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14 April 1900 (USA)  »

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12 September 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Capture of Boer Battery (1900)

Capture of Boer Battery by British (1900)

*** (out of 4)

A famous battle scene from the Boer War is the subject of these two Edison shorts. In both films the camera is set up right behind the Boer men when we then see the Gordon Highlanders charging them. Both films are pretty much the same in terms of story and action but it appears the second was filmed slightly to the left of the first film. You can tell this because of the houses in the background and how they move between the two films. Overall both films are a pretty good re-enactment and both manage to keep the action moving through their short running time. There are a couple mild goofs in the film but they're minor and to be expected for such early films.


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