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Overlord (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 8 October 1977 (Hungary)
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During the Second World War a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.


Stuart Cooper


Christopher Hudson (original screenplay), Stuart Cooper (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Stirner ... Tom
Davyd Harries ... Jack
Nicholas Ball ... Arthur
Julie Neesam ... The Girl
Sam Sewell Sam Sewell ... The Trained Soldier
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Dad
Stella Tanner Stella Tanner ... Mum
Harry Shacklock Harry Shacklock ... Stationmaster
David Scheuer David Scheuer ... Medical Officer
Ian Liston Ian Liston ... Barrack Guard
Lorna Lewis Lorna Lewis ... Prostitute
Stephen Riddle Stephen Riddle ... Dead German Soldier
Jack Le White Jack Le White ... Barman
Mark Penfold Mark Penfold ... Photographer
Micaela Minelli Micaela Minelli ... Little Girl
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During the Second World War a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.

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[last line]
Arthur: Oh, God, he's dead! Fuck!
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Written by Ralph T. Butler (as Ralph Butler) & Noel Gay
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World War 2 As You Have Never Seen It Before?
30 July 2008 | by loganx-2See all my reviews

Mixes archival footage of World War 2, with fictional story of a young man getting ready to go off to war. The archival footage, serves as the young man's thoughts and fears about going into battle. Scenes of air raids and bombings are spliced together with the scenes of sitting on the bus, being polite, and just doing normal everything things.

The film ends with D-Day, where our hero is among the first to storm the beach, the point where fact and fiction finally meet. Strange, and bizarre military weapons you have never seen before(the rocket wheel???), the barbed wire removing vehicle, appear throughout as well as amazing Arel footage.

The most unique and effective "war" film ever seen. Like Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence At Owel Creek", for the WW2 generation. It really puts you in the place, not of a soldier, per say, but of a human being, undergoing the process of becoming a soldier, facing the dread, anxiousness, and absurdity, with a solemn dignity, "Im not frightened", he writes to his parents, admitting he is almost certain he is not coming back.

Overlord cannot easily be place as either a pro or anti-war film. The situation of a gentle, very boyish, nice guy being sent off to the worlds most violent and dangerous conflict in all it's history (he takes a copy of "David Copperfield" with him, so he will have something to read.), is absurd, but it's not handled for irony. There is a scene, where two soldiers are off for R&R and they stumble across a theater, where a young girl is being forced to sing, by her mother in practice for some kind of competition. When the soldiers enter, the mother demands she sing again, though the daughter is even more shaken by the unexpected audience. She sings, and about halfway through the soldiers walk off, in disgust or discomfort, the mother still begging them to stay and listen.

Do the soldiers want to fight? No more than this girl, wants to sing,but for mother and mother country, they both do their share. The reason to watch this film, is because it contains none of the usual images and ideas we come to expect from war and anti-war films. Englad took tremendous beating during World War 2, for years sending their sons to stem,the rising tide of Nazism, inching ever further across the sea between them. Overlord, is thus not the story of heroic victory, or the horrors of war, it's the story of the guy who got sent out, the day-after he made a date(from his level of excitement, maybe his first),and who will probably not be making it back...

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8 October 1977 (Hungary) See more »

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