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Culloden (1964)

A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present.

Director:

Peter Watkins

Writer:

Peter Watkins
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tony Cosgrove Tony Cosgrove ... Lt. Ward / Field Interviewer (uncredited)
Olivier Espitalier-Noel Olivier Espitalier-Noel ... Prince Charles Edward Stuart (uncredited)
Don Fairservice Don Fairservice ... English Officer (uncredited)
George McBean George McBean ... Alexander McDonald (uncredited)
Robert Oates Robert Oates ... Pvt. Alexander Laing (uncredited)
Patrick Watkins Patrick Watkins ... Crying Baby (uncredited)
Peter Watkins Peter Watkins ... Field Interviewer (uncredited)
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A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present.

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Drama | History | War

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Goofs

In the 40-min mark, one British soldier appears to bayonet a wounded soldier lying on the ground, but as the latter stands up, it turns out that the former had stabbed the ground. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [introducing the Jacobite military command] Sir Thomas Sheridan, Jacobite military secretary. Suffering advanced debility and loss of memory. Former military engagement, 56 years ago. Sir John MacDonald, Jacobite captain of cavalry. Aged, frequently intoxicated, described as 'a man of the most limited capacities.' John William O'Sullivan, Jacobite quartermaster general. Described as 'an Irishman whose vanity is superseded only by his lack of wisdom.' Prince Charles Edward Stuart, Jacobite ...
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Connections

Featured in Hooray for Holyrood (1986) See more »

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My Bonnie Moorhen
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Sung by Colin Cater
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Brilliant !!
7 July 2006 | by lebensraum-1See all my reviews

Peter Watkins film "Culloden" is outstanding for all the reasons other reviewers have described and strips away the romanticism about Bonnie Prince Charlie,which began with Queen Victoria and Prince Alberts enthusiasm for anything Scottish. We all know war is brutal, but up until 1964 had film and TV portrayed it as such ? "Culloden" seems to have been the first film to show brutality and atrocities taking place. War films were still about the brave and upstanding allies fighting the nasty axis powers. Other reviewers have commented on the parallels with the Vietnam war, but it must be remembered that "Culloden" was transmitted in December 1964 and the only American troops in Vietnam at the time were advisor's. The full scale American troop deployments to Vietnam did not materialise until April 1965. It is an interesting parallel, but the scenes of US troops burning Vietnamese villages on the nightly news was still months away. But in a sense Peter Watkins previewed this. Quite simply an outstanding film.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

24 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Culloden See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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