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11 October 1912 (USA) See more »
Retelling of the famous incident in the 1854 Crimean War when a British cavalry unit, because of a mix-up in orders, charged an almost impregnable Russian artillery position and was decimated. | Add synopsis »
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Ben F. Wilson ... Captain Morris (as Benjamin Wilson)
Richard Neill ... Captain Nolan
James Gordon ... Lord Raglan - Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces
Charles Sutton ... Lord Lucan

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J. Searle Dawley 
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12 min
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A masterpiece of its time., 6 November 2004
Author: David Kelsey from Middlesbrough, England

This film is much better than the quaint oddity which one might expect.

Directorially it is a masterpiece of economical story-telling. In its 12 minutes there are only 28 scenes, each of which is a single continuous take. In 27 of them the camera is static - no zooms, no tracking shots, no cuts to close-up, etc. In only one scene does the camera pan, and that is to follow the charging cavalry. The shot is made all the more effective by the absence of camera movement elsewhere.

More than half a century before the Tony Richardson 1968 film, the writer of this version came up with the idea of establishing a cosy domestic relationship between Captains Nolan and Morris at home in Britain before their Crimean service. This is not an obvious idea, and is not based on any contemporary account. One wonders if Richardson saw this film before making his own.

The action sequences are lavishly staged. It is said that 800 troopers of the US Cavalry took part, and there are scenes in which that many appear to be engaged at once.

The film is available as an extra on the DVD of the British Film Institute edition of the 1968 movie. The visual quality of the film is very good for its age - an excellent job of restoration. It is scratched, but not at all faded.

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