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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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McHugh: [the last of Jack's soldiers are about to go over the trench and take the enemy base] I am not fucking going anywhere!
John Kipling: You are, we all are!
McHugh: You're a murderer! You're a fucking murderer!
John Kipling: I'm not a murderer McHugh, I'm obeying orders.
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Happy Birthday to You
by Patty S. Hill (as Patti Hill Smith) & Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)
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Putting a face on many millions of dead young men.
17 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"My Boy Jack" is set during WWI--a war in which many millions of young men were killed for absolutely nothing (between 5-6 million of these were Brits). However, instead of being the story about a battle or large groups of men, it's about one individual--Jack Kipling, the only son of Rudyard Kipling. What makes it so compelling is that Jack shouldn't have even been in action--he was practically blind and had been repeatedly rejected for service. But, since his father was a public figure and had pushed so much for the war as well as the whole 'duty to King and country' rot, it wasn't surprising that the boy felt compelled to push and push to get into the thick of the action. What happens next isn't at all surprising--and gives his family a chance to reassess their values and commitment to the cause as well as their own part in the tragedy.

This is a very effective film. Much of it is because of the fine acting by Daniel Ratcliffe (as Jack), Carey Mulligan, Kim Cattrall (as his American mother) and David Haig as Rudyard Kipling. What makes it a little more interesting is that the true story was based on a play written by Haig himself. Overall, it's a wonderful but incredibly sad film that puts an individual face on tragedy. Well worth seeing and filled with emotion--so much so that you really should have some Kleenex handy. One of the better made for TV movies I have seen.


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