37 user 10 critic

My Boy Jack (2007)

Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 18-year-old son after he goes missing during World War I.




On Disc

at Amazon

3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
King George V
Corporal John O'Leary
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
McHugh (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
Ciaran Nolan ...
Colonel Ferguson
Leo Amery MP
Peter Gowen ...
H.A Gwynne
Brian de Salvo ...
Field Marshal 'Bobs' Roberts
Simon Coury ...
Naval Doctor


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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A young man fights for his country.


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

20 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Legenda o mém synovi  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Rudyard Kipling was a great flag waver (read his poem: 'The English Flag') yet in the scene where he announces the outbreak of WW1, the Great War, we see the Union Flag, on the podium in front of him, upside down, while all the others are correct. See more »


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.
See more »


Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: The Stars (2008) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
by Patty S. Hill (as Patti Hill Smith) & Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Family, war, and patriotism
1 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

I don't remember why I added this to my DVR; sometimes I go on a PBS binge and record all kinds of "edifying" material. From the little summary on the DVR screen, I expected a family-conflict drama mixed in with some heroic war scenes and rousing patriotism.

It did have rousing patriotism, family conflict, and heroic war scenes, yet it was not at all what I expected. When the film finished I could see past and future echoes of this family, of all families who send a son or daughter to war. Somewhere in America today there are parents just like Mr. and Mrs. Kipling in the film, and there have been for generations past.

This is a movie to see when your everyday grind has sapped your humanity.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 37 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Zach Braff tackles acting and directing on his new show "Alex, Inc.," and we take a look at the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time.

Watch the show