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Sword of Honour (2001)

Guy Crouchback, heir to a declining English Roman Catholic family, returns to England from Italy at the start of World War II, and joins the Royal Corps of Halberdiers along with various ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Anderson

Writers:

William Boyd, Evelyn Waugh (novel)
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Credited cast:
Will Adamsdale ... HOO headquarters officer
Nick Bartlett ... Popforce soldier
Christopher Benjamin ... Doctor
Jane Bertish Jane Bertish ... Mme Kanyi
Peter Blythe ... Gen. Graves
Nicholas Boulton ... Bertie
Monica Brady Monica Brady ... Hotel receptionist
Tim Briggs Tim Briggs ... Sgt. Glass
Selina Cadell ... Angela Crouchback
Rebecca Cardinale Rebecca Cardinale ... Italian woman
Katrin Cartlidge ... Julia Stitch
Simon Chandler ... Maj. Irvine
Josh Cole Josh Cole ... Sapper Capt. Beech
Richard Coyle ... Trimmer McTavish
Daniel Craig ... Guy Crouchback
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Guy Crouchback, heir to a declining English Roman Catholic family, returns to England from Italy at the start of World War II, and joins the Royal Corps of Halberdiers along with various eccentrics, though his attempts to get back with his wife Virginia, from whom he is separated, fail. After being implicated in a colleague's death, he is sent to train a commando brigade on a Scottish island, and ends up on Crete, taking part in its evacuation, and escaping to Egypt with fellow officers Ludovic and Ivor Claire. He is returned to England courtesy of Mrs. Stitch, to possibly prevent him from naming Claire as a deserter. Guy marries Virginia a second time, by which time she has a child by ex-lover Trimmer. While Guy is in Yugoslavia having a confusing time with the partisans, Virginia is killed, along with Guy's uncle Peregrine, by a doodlebug bomb. Guy returns to England after getting involved in charitable agencies, and eventually remarries. Written by don @ minifie-1

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When Crouchback meets Iver in the hospital early in Segment 1, he notices Mrs. Stitche's large red hat on the hospital bed and sees them kissing. She later departs with Crouchback for a lunch party and is wearing a white hat with a red rose on it. See more »

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Version of Sword of Honour (1967) See more »

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Much, much better than we'd any right to expect.
15 March 2001 | by the red duchessSee all my reviews

'Sword of Honour' can be seen as an update of the Boultings' 'Pilgrim's Progress' - an anachronistic idealist fights in World War Two for reasons of chivalric honour, only to see the world overrun by liars, cheats, murderers, cowards and lunatics; where decency is pointless, even dangerous.

William Boyd's restructuring of Waugh's war trilogy is a miracle of adaptation - his leavening of verbal humour with slapstick; his capturing of Waugh's elliptical tone; his creation of haunting visual patterns acting as counterpoint to the horrific satire that is the war. There is one haunting sequence amid so much disintegration, the false bomb warning during Virginia's post-natal party, that magically hints at forces beyond man's self-defeating endeavour, while also rescuing a character Waugh was rather hard on. In the moral sense.


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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

En busca del honor See more »

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TalkBack Productions See more »
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(2 parts) | (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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