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The Battle of Culloden (1964)

Culloden (original title)
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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Peter Watkins

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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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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

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Narrator: They've created a desert and have called it "peace".
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Featured in Ex-S: Culloden: Making Reel History (1996) See more »

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My Bonnie Moorhen
(trad.)
Sung by Colin Cater
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Peter Watkins' Culloden.
28 June 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Culloden (1964) (TV) was a movie that was funded by the B.B.C. They were impressed with Mr. Watkins work on the short Forgotten Faces. He was hired as a B.B.C. staff film-maker. With a shoe-string budget and a troop of amateur actors, Peter Watkins created a very controversial and grim look at the decaying Scottish clan system and the British occupation of Scotland. Whilst during the duration of the film Mr. Watkins takes no side and scathingly shows how both sides of the battlefield are morally and socially corrupt. Prince Bonnie Charles Stuart (pretender to the throne) on the battle field against the superior forces of the House of Hannover. The Jacobites didn't really stand a chance against the World's greatest army. Stupidity and jealousy ruined any chance they had.

Peter Watkins also showed the aftermath of the battle and the devastating effects the battle had on the surrounding communities. He shot this film in his trademark faux-documentary style. Even with a small budget, Mr. Watkins still manages to create a very important film. One that he spent months on researching and planning. The film also reflects how the media treated combat as we have one the field reports from the attacking army and interviews with the soldiers and their views on the enemy.

Highly recommended.


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