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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 »

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Bill Anderson

Writers:

William Boyd, Evelyn Waugh (novel)
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Credited cast:
Will Adamsdale 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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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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Production Co:

TalkBack Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(2 parts) | (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Goofs

Officers and men are often seen saluting when not wearing any headgear. In the British army you never salute if not wearing a hat of some kind. See more »

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Version of Sword of Honour (1967) See more »

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All is not lost
29 August 2009 | by rboysdadSee all my reviews

I was unaware of this film adaptation of Waugh's trilogy until today's showing on British freeview TV, and missing the first half hour, also missed the chance to record it to DVD. Drat. Until I saw it. Very pretty production by Channel 4 TV and Talkback, made some 8 years back, before Daniel Craig became a superstar.

I've read and reread a lot of Waugh but believed Sword of Honour to be an inexplicably stolid, inaccessibly unreadable work, so big, so long, so dull. Brideshead was the beginning of the end, the trilogy was the end writ large.

Until I found the BBC radio adaptation from 1974, over 11 hours rather than this film's 4. After a few hours I began to see the early Waugh wrapped inside the less obviously satirical wrappings, his humour and gravity. The genius, in short.

They don't make them like Waugh any more, nor do they make the people; the 1974 recording was made in time to catch many authentic sounding voices from the era, and some very fine acting. A gem which I recommend to any Waugh fans.

This film seems to be, probably, a rather adroit shot at a script which condenses a huge tome to a few hours, but the vowels are comprehensive school, Craig is hopelessly wrong, and there are but a few flashes of sharp observation and very little wit. But the audio version is available on the internet, and of course the pictures are better.


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