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Private Potter (1962)

| Drama, War
A military mission is interrupted when a soldier claims that God had appeared to him in a transcendental vision.

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Casper Wrede
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Complete credited cast:
Tom Courtenay ... Pvt. Potter
Mogens Wieth Mogens Wieth ... Yannis
Ronald Fraser ... Doctor
James Maxwell ... Lt. Col. Harry Gunyon
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Padre
Brewster Mason Brewster Mason ... Brigadier
Eric Thompson Eric Thompson ... Capt. John Knowles
John Graham John Graham ... Maj. Sims
Frank Finlay ... Capt. Patterson
Harry Landis ... LCpl. Lamb
Michael Coles ... Pvt. Robertson
Jeremy Geidt Jeremy Geidt ... Maj. Reid
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While serving in Cyprus with the British Army, Pvt. Potter and the rest of his platoon is assigned to a night patrol with the intention of capturing a rebel leader. The mission is ruined when Potter screams loudly and gives their position away. His superiors are intent on making an example of him and Potter is brought up on charges. His defense is that the reason he shouted out is that he saw God. His commanders are thrown for something of a loop. The Medical Officer can find nothing wrong with him but the padre believes Potter has undergone some type of religious revelation. The commanding officer, Lt. Col. Harry Gunyon, wishes he could make it all go away but it's too late for that with the papers already having been sent up to Brigade. There is little doubt however that Potter is having an effect on all of those around him. Written by garykmcd

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UK

Language:

English

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1.66 : 1
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A film of its time
25 November 2005 | by nick-kramerSee all my reviews

A rare film set in the Cyprus Emergency with some excellent character acting. Sensitive acting by Tom Courtney but also those playing the crusties.

Note that National Service had just ended. The swinging sixties had not yet begun.

Eric Thompson who plays the adjutant went on to write and narrate the magic roundabout.

If you liked this for its take on the moral dilemmas of soldiering you could try "Tunes of Glory" although that is in colour and set in Scotland starring Alec Guiness. Another gem in my view is "Guns at Batasi" starring Richard Atteborough.


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