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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 20 October 1936 (USA)
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A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.

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Elsa Campbell (as Olivia De Havilland)
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Sir Benjamin Warrenton
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G.P. Huntley ...
Maj. Jowett (as G. P. Huntley Jr.)
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Count Igor Volonoff
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Subadar-Major Puran Singh (as J. Carroll Naish)
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Cornet Barclay
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Prema's Mother (as Princess Baigum)
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Major Vickers is an officer at the 27th Lancers in India 1856. When the regiment is on maneuver, the barracks are attacked by Surat Khan and his soldiers who massacre British women and children. This leaves an inextinguishable memory and Vickers promises to revenge the dead. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The reckless lancers sweep on and on - so that a woman's heart might not be broken! You're not fighting a single legion - you're fighting the entire British army, Surat Khan!


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20 October 1936 (USA)  »

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A Carga da Brigada Ligeira  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

During the climactic charge, the musical score includes several samples from Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture"--written to commemorate an entirely different battle in a different war which, unlike the battle depicted in this film, Russia won. See more »

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In the forged order, Vickers writes: "Upon receipt of this order, you will advance the Light Brigade and take enemy position on Balaklava Heights." When his superior officer reads it aloud, he says: "Upon receipt of this order, the Light Brigade will advance and take the enemy position on Balaklava Heights." See more »

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[first lines]
Sir Humphrey Harcourt: How do you fellows manage to look so comfortably, Vickers?
Maj. Geoffrey Vickers: We may look it Sir, but we're not. They say the first 40 years are about the hottest up here on the frontier, after that you get used to it.
Sir Humphrey Harcourt: Really?
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Opening credits: This production has its basis in history. The historical basis, however, has been fictionized for the purposes of this picture and the names of many characters, many characters themselves, the story, incidents and institutions, are fictitious. With the exception of known historical characters, whose actual names are herein used, no identification with actual persons, living or dead, is intended or should be inferred. See more »

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God Save the Tsar
(1833) (uncredited)
(Russian national anthem, 1833-1917)
Music by Alexis Lvov
In the score during the charge at Balaklava
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The usual polished and impeccable Warner Brothers production values as well as their usual disdain for history!
2 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

In the mid 1930s and well into the 40s, Warner Brothers made many fine films starring Errol Flynn that were very high on production values and fun but also of dubious historical value. While historically speaking this is not the worst of the lot (that honor goes to SANTA FE TRAIL), this film doesn't seem to have a lot to do with the Tennyson poem or the Crimean War and in fact, much of the movie is set around the same region of the world as GUNGA DIN--around Pakistan or Afghanistan. So, assuming you aren't looking for a history lesson, the film is packed full of excellent acting, sets and fast-paced fun. Part of the reason I particularly liked it was because it teamed Errol Flynn with Olivia de Havilland--a wonderful combination that began with CAPTAIN BLOOD and lasted for seven films. So, if you like this film, check out all their other films together--especially CAPTAIN BLOOD and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. Their chemistry was always excellent and it is further enhanced by such wonderful supporting actors as Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce, Donald Crisp and David Niven.


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