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My Boy Jack (2007)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | History  -  20 April 2008 (USA)
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Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 18-year-old son after he goes missing during World War I.

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English gentleman author Rudyard Kipling, famous for the Jungle Book, uses his considerable influence, being on a War Office propaganda think tank, to get his nearly 18 year-old son John 'Jack', admitted for military service during World war I after he is repeatedly refused on account of his bad eyesight. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards: their patriotic dream but mother and sister's nightmare. After a short officer training course Jack gets command of a platoon and embarks in France. Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers terrible losses and Jack is reported missing. Now mother Caroline 'Carry' Kipling proves unstoppable pushing Rudyard's influence and half of England to help find out the truth. When it finally comes, there is far less glory than gore and guilt. Written by KGF Vissers (edited P Vanderl)

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A young man fights for his country.


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Several scenes were shot at the actual Rudyard Kipling estate, Bateman's, where Kipling lived from 1902 until his death. See more »

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In the movie Jack Kipling is shown wearing an officer's tunic with rank pips on the shoulders and with no rank markings on the lower sleeves. This is incorrect for 1915. Until 1917 officer rank was always displayed on the lower sleeves. See more »

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Rudyard Kipling: Have you news of my boy Jack?/ Not this tide./ When d'you think that he'll come back?/ Not with this wind blowing, and this tide./ Has any one else had word of him?/ Not this tide./ For what is sunk will hardly swim, Not with this wind blowing, and this tide./ Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?/ None this tide,/ Nor any tide,/ Except he did not shame his kind-/ Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide./ Then hold your head up all the more,/ This tide,/ And every tide;/ Because...
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Happy Birthday to You
by Patty S. Hill (as Patti Hill Smith) & Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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Radcliffe Sheds Harry Potter and Dons the Uniform of a WWI British Officer -- A Poignant Coming of Age for Radcliffe as an Actor
2 September 2008 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

The first important role for Daniel Radcliffe as an actor was certainly his opportunity to play Harry Potter, the magical boy attending a parochial school for wizards. His second may be this role as a young officer commissioned to fight and risk his life in the Great War. This part allowed Radcliffe to spread his acting wings and prove he has a range and ability that goes beyond Hogwarts. Radcliffe will probably always be grateful to Harry Potter but he needed a role to branch out into other challenging worlds.

The setting is a 180-degree turn from Harry Potter: the early days of World War I in Britain, circa 1914. As the title character of a period piece, Radcliffe plays Jack Kipling, a young man caught up in the fervor that swept British youth at the outbreak of the "war to end all wars". The army at first rejects him because of his eyesight, but his father, the immortal Rudyard Kipling, played with equal fervor by David Haig, pulls certain strings to get his son into basic training and eventually the western front. But his wife, played brilliantly by Kim Cattrall, and their daughter, played with beautiful subtlety by Carey Mulligan, are devastated by their attitude about Jack's entering the war.

In a particularly fine sequence of scenes, when Radcliffe leaves his family to enter basic training, he seems like a boy about to go to school for the first time. But when he returns home as an officer, his demeanor has become that of a man. Radcliffe does a fine job of displaying the subtle transformation from adolescence to maturity. Jack becomes an officer before he is 18 years old. The film then moves between the home of the Kiplings in a beautiful manor in rural England and the devastating world of trench warfare on the western front.

A fine film all around, and again, a breath of fresh air for the likes of Radcliffe who has proved that he can play parts quite removed from fantasy. Radcliffe will probably enjoy a long and fruitful career. Harry Potter certainly spring-boarded him into an acting career. But Jack Kipling helped him establish that he can swim in deeper waters.


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