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The Trench (1999)

A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War I, and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

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William Boyd

Writer:

William Boyd
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Nicholls ... Pte. Billy Macfarlane
Daniel Craig ... Sgt. Telford Winter
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... 2nd Lt. Ellis Harte
Danny Dyer ... Lance Cpl. Victor Dell
James D'Arcy ... Pte. Colin Daventry
Tam Williams Tam Williams ... Pte. Eddie Macfarlane
Antony Strachan Antony Strachan ... Pte. Horace Beckwith (as Anthony Strachan)
Michael Moreland Michael Moreland ... Pte. George Hogg
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Lt. Col. Villiers
Ciarán McMenamin ... Pte. Charlie Ambrose
Cillian Murphy ... Rag Rookwood
John Higgins John Higgins ... Pte. Cornwallis
Ben Whishaw ... Pte. James Deamis
Tim Murphy Tim Murphy ... Pte. Bone
Danny Nutt ... Pte. Dieter Zimmermann
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A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War I, and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

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It is a place 8ft wide, 600 miles long, man-made and God-forsaken.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La Trinchera See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Boyd has strong family connections to World War I. His great uncle was wounded in the Somme, as was his grandfather at Paschendale. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie looks out the loophole, no mans land is a clear green field. When the Winter and Beckwith do the raid, Beckwith claims there is a a ton of wire left. During the final attack, there is no wire. Also, due to the weeks of bombing it is likely that the ground would be a bit rough and muddy. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Telford Winter: Ya got Jocks to the left of you, Micks to the right. Thats all you need to know for now.
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Pitiful
5 December 2005 | by cliveowensucksSee all my reviews

This was part of Channel 4's Lost Generation First World War season, and it was a huge mistake to show this so soon after their own very good drama-doc about the Somme. It was a mistake to show it at all. Novelist William Boyd is a terrible film director and screenwriter who has no real grip on his subject. Instead of taking a fresh look at the run up to the battle, he uses every old cliché you've seen before in the lips of every old stereotype you've seen before. Most of the cast are so bad I've forgotten their names. Only Daniel Craig and Julian Rhind Tutt come out with any credit. Very badly photographed too, with the trench clearly an interior and far too clean. Just terrible. Channel 4 should have shown something like ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, which hasn't been on telly in years.


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