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The extraordinary true story of Oliver Woodward. It's 1916 and Woodward must tear himself from his new young love to go to the mud and carnage of the Western Front. Deep beneath the German lines. Woodward and his secret platoon of Australian tunnelers fight to defend a leaking, labyrinthine tunnel system packed with enough high explosives to change the course of the War. Written by
At the church scene, all the soldiers are wearing service medals for the Great War (British War Medal and Victory Medal). Woodward and McBride are also wearing gallantry decorations of the Military Cross (purple and white riband). Sergeant Fraser is also wearing a Distinguished Conduct Medal (this is regarded as the level below the highest medal for gallantry, the Victoria Cross). One soldier is wearing a 1914-15 Star, indicating a longer period of service. See more »
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An absorbing war drama of a fairly unknown true story
I have to disagree with the comments comparing this movie with 'Hurt Locker' which is a superior movie in nearly every day and deserves its Oscar credits. This is however an excellent war drama telling a fairly unknown true story of Oliver Woodward during World War One. I for one had never heard of Oliver Woodward until watching this movie. Yes, to some degree, I would compare it to 'My Boy Jack" and even 'Passchendale' and actually 'Tunnel Rats' the Vietnam war drama springs more to mind.
There is also a love story thrown in for good measure and overall this is a very sensitive film with an unacceptable but seemingly necessary ending. The acting is superb throughout and the story fascinating in how it was told from beginning until the end.
For those who like their dose of war dramas, this is clearly one not to be missed.
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