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

Director:

Writer:

(play)
Reviews
Popularity
4,336 ( 497)

On Disc

at Amazon

3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

December Boys (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family.

Director: Rod Hardy
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer, Lee Cormie
David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick
A Young Doctor's Notebook (TV Series 2012)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the early 20th century, a young doctor arrives in a small Russian village around the time of the Russian Revolution to work in the local hospital.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosie Cavaliero
The Gamechangers (TV Movie 2015)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The struggle of Houser's legal feud against American lawyer Jack Thompson, over the morality of the Grand Theft Auto video game series.

Director: Owen Harris
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Bill Paxton, Joe Dempsie
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Director: John Krokidas
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Director: James Watkins
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds
Horns (2013)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temples.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Stars: Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Jonny Lee Miller
Short | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Amusement ride at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the Island of Adventure Park, Orlando, Florida.

Director: Thierry Coup
Stars: Ken Bones, Claire Carroll, Robbie Coltrane
What If I (2013)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

Director: Michael Dowse
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park
The Greatest (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A drama that is centered around a troubled teenage girl and a family that is trying to get over the loss of their son.

Director: Shana Feste
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Pierce Brosnan
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Taglines:

A young man fights for his country.


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Legenda o mém synovi  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Caroline Kipling: [crying] I miss him.
Rudyard Kipling: [bursts into tears] So do I.
Caroline Kipling: I can feel his head on my chest. I can feel his thick hair under my fingers. I can hear him laugh. I can feel his heat against me.
See more »


Soundtracks

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

 
"Masterpiece" of a war movie
23 March 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have been viewing Masterpiece Theatre for many years and I have trouble thinking of one episode that surpasses the excellence of this production.

The main actors all give great performances in this story of how Rudyard Kipling, poet laureate and a member of an important government war committee, persuaded the authorities to enlist his son Jack despite failing two health examinations because of his poor eyesight. The rest of the movie deals with the dilemma that never seemed to cross Kipling's mind: what moral responsibility would he bear if anything happened to his much-loved son?

As we see in the run-up to the declaration of war, Kipling was a fervent supporter of taking on the "Huns". In the commentary following the film, we learn that he never served his country on the battlefield. Instead, he put his expectations on his son Jack. The scenes from the Great War tell the horror of the conditions in the rat-infested trenches as soldiers coped with open wounds in the rain and the mud. Then cutaway to the Kipling home in pastoral English setting...the contrast is vivid.

Kipling's wife (Kim Cattrall) and daughter (Carey Mulligan)are extremely upset at the prospect of John "Jack" Kipling going off to war. Daniel Radcliffe performs the role of the dutiful son who also proved to be more than a capable leader of the young men in his charge. Martin McCann, who plays the soldier Bowe who saw the younger Kipling die in battle, gives an extraordinary performance when he visits the Kipling estate to tell the story of Jack's death.

A very noteworthy scene takes place at the end of the movie when Kipling visits George V, the reigning monarch, and a personal friend. In this scene, the King expresses his sympathy to Kipling and then mentions that his own son recently died. This is a reference to the youngest child of George V and Queen Mary, who was an epileptic, and died suddenly following a seizure. This event was treated quietly by the press at the time. However, whether or not this meeting happened, it is an interesting side-bar to the movie, with the King and his poet laureate sharing their grief.

I have always been interested in the story of Jack Kipling from the time I read a newspaper article about how a Canadian who worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was able to locate the burial plot of Jack Kipling towards the end of the 20th century, many decades after he died. This was something the Kipling family had tried in vain to find.

For me, this movie adds an extra dimension to that story and to the ongoing cinematic treatment of a war that is now almost 100 years ago.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Smoking sk8ergirl002
kIPLINGS POEM dottie70438
seeing it in the states ironicshowchoir
Does Jack Kipling Die? thewitchclan
Oh em gee... he CAN act! obsessmuch
found article on it w/pic dogs5cats1
Discuss My Boy Jack (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?