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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. William Rivers
... 2nd Lt. Siegfried Sassoon
... 2nd Lt. Billy Prior
... 2nd Lt. Wilfred Owen
... Sarah
... Maj. Bryce
... Capt. Robert Graves
... Dr. Yealland
Paul Young ... Dr. Brock
... Capt. Campbell
... Miss Crowe
... Timmons
... Dr. McIntyre
... Callan
Rupert Procter ... Capt. David Burns
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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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Rated R for war-related violent images, and some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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14 August 1998 (USA)  »

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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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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 »

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

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The King And Country Want You
Performed by Helen Clarke and Chorus
Courtesy of Saydisc Records
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Noteworthy
11 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a vastly underrated Canadian film that deserved more recognition. Is this a conventional war film? No, not at all.

The opening scenes are done quite like a painting. They are very impressive, and the overhead shots are simply majestic. The story, however, is set in a mental institution, where Doctor Rivers (played with brilliance by Jonathan Pryce) is set on 'curing' the shell-shocked patients. There are three that the movie focuses on in particular: Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and Billy Prior, respectively played by James Wilby, Stuart Bunce, and Johnny Lee Miller.

Previous comments have compared this film to Saving Private Ryan, yet there are several marked differences between the two. Ignoring the fact that they are set in two different wars, Saving Private Ryan examines the idea of heroism on the field, while Regeneration takes look on how war effects men psychologically.

Certainly a worthy look, and a fine addition to any film collection.


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