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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig appeared in Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), Layer Cake (2004), and Enduring Love (2004). See more »

Goofs

The shelling of German trenches and the nomansland before the actual attack was immense. First of all the shelling would have been deafening, secondly, the nomansland would have been a moon-like scenery full of craters and barbwire, not a nice meadow. See more »

Quotes

Pte. Charlie Ambrose: [in a mocking whine] You can tell your grandchildren, I was wounded by a flyin' tooth.
[everyone laughs]
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Captures A Sense Of Personal Impending Doom & Claustrophobia
10 November 2001 | by wc1n3xxSee all my reviews

Shot 99.9% INSIDE the trench to convey the sense of claustrophobia. It works. You can almost smell the trench. I personally think that the low budget style produced a happy bi-product rather than it being planned. Not a conventional war movie but a VERY British close up at the inter-personal relationships during WW1 before the Battle of The Somme. The youthful Paul Nicholls eminates a young 'duty to your country soldier' and in the alone-ness he fantasises over the memory of a young girl who merely served him with a stamp at his local post office. Loads of blood and guts and a particularly harrowing scene - almost subliminal - which works well as it ensures your brain remembers the real horrors of war at close quarters inside a trench. The usual chain of command reveals why delegation can sometimes disguise cowardice and fear. The film achieves its objective and portrays the awful waste of life.


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