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Behind the Lines (1997)

Regeneration (original title)
Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are ... See full summary »

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon (as Gillies Mackinnon)

Writers:

Pat Barker (novel), Allan Scott (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Pryce ... Capt. William Rivers
James Wilby ... 2nd Lt. Siegfried Sassoon
Jonny Lee Miller ... 2nd Lt. Billy Prior
Stuart Bunce ... 2nd Lt. Wilfred Owen
Tanya Allen ... Sarah
David Hayman ... Maj. Bryce
Dougray Scott ... Capt. Robert Graves
John Neville ... Dr. Yealland
Paul Young Paul Young ... Dr. Brock
Alastair Galbraith ... Capt. Campbell
Eileen Nicholas ... Miss Crowe
Julian Fellowes ... Timmons
David Robb ... Dr. McIntyre
Kevin McKidd ... Callan
Rupert Procter Rupert Procter ... Capt. David Burns
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Storyline

Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of England's most important WW1 poets. Written by Daniel Roy <elijah@colba.net>

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In war, sanity is the ultimate casualty See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war-related violent images, and some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind the Lines See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£68,447 (United Kingdom), 9 January 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,273, 16 August 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,273, 16 August 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film used a lot of present and former Territorial Army soldiers as extras for larger scenes. This includes soldiers from 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, located in Hotspur street, Glasgow. See more »

Goofs

Sassoon threw his MC ribbon away, not the medal. The medal is in The Royal Welsh Fusiliers Regimental. See more »

Quotes

Capt. William Rivers: I find it interesting that you don't stutter.
Billy Prior: I find it even more interesting that you do.
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Connections

Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The King And Country Want You
Performed by Helen Clarke and Chorus
Courtesy of Saydisc Records
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User Reviews

 
A touching movie! Excellent.
2 November 2001 | by cosm7xSee all my reviews

This was an excellent movie. Amazing photography and casting and an

intelligent scenario which passes messages about how horrific war is

to the audience in the mildest yet touching way I've seen.

The story involves a hospital in Scotland where officers are sent when

they suffer a breakdown, a common phenomenon in the first and second

world wars. In there, a doctor (played by Jonathan Pryce) attempts to

treat his patients in a more humane way than the one other doctors of

the time choose. Through the stories of characters in the hospital --

including Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, two poets who happen to

meet and become friends in the hospital -- the life of the British

soldiers in the first World War, as well as several political messages

about that affecting era for humanity are successfully transmitted to

the audience, without blood, without effects or huge battle scenes in

a way that touches and indicates its significance more than any other

film I've seen about the subject.

The performances are excellent, with Johny Lee Miller -- who apart

from this movie has not shown any signs of serious acting that I've

seen -- delivering a very good performance of a shocked and ambitious

officer and Jonathan Pryce metaphorically accepting the ideas of

Sassoon -- who opposes to the war after a point where he realises its

futility and the lack of values in the politicians driving it -- can

be though as the link between the soldiers and humanity itself.

It is definitely a movie I would recommend! Excellent.


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