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Deathwatch (2002)

In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down.

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M.J. Bassett (as Michael J. Bassett)

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M.J. Bassett (as Michael J. Bassett)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jamie Bell ... Pfc. Charlie Shakespeare
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Pvt. Colin Chevasse (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
Mike Downey Mike Downey ... Martin Plummer
Laurence Fox ... Capt. Bramwell Jennings
Roman Horák Roman Horák ... German soldier (as Roman Horak)
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Pvt. Willie McNess
Torben Liebrecht ... Friedrich
Kris Marshall ... Pvt. Barry Starinski
Hans Matheson ... Pvt. Jack Hawkstone
Hugh O'Conor ... Anthony Bradford
Matthew Rhys ... Cpl. Doc Fairweather
Andy Serkis ... Pvt. Thomas Quinn
Hugo Speer ... Sgt. David Tate
Pavel Tesar Pavel Tesar ... Mudman
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Storyline

In 1917, in the Western front, a group of survivors of the British Company Y reach the most forward German trench in a foggy night. They capture a German soldier that advises that evil is in the trench, forcing the soldiers to kill each other, and asks them to leave the place. Only the private Charlie Shakespeare listens and helps the prisoner, while a supernatural force scares and makes the soldiers insane. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Deliver them from evil

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Drama | Horror | War | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

6 December 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

No Man's Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Benesov, Czech Republic See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£334,657 (United Kingdom), 8 December 2002, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Torben Liebrecht had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure after all the scenes where he's tied to a cross were shot. See more »

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The pistol used by several of the men in the movie is in fact a Webley Mk.IV, not a Webley Mk.V or Mk.VI, which would have been correct. The Mk.IV (.38 calibre version) was not designed until the 1920s. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Willie McNess: Shoot him!
Pfc. Charlie Shakespeare: Why?
Pvt. Willie McNess: Cuz he kicked me in the fucking balls!
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Good Directing . Bad Screenplay
12 July 2007 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Anyone remember William Boyd's movie THE TRENCH ? It was made in 1999 and was set on the eve of the battle of the Somme , a battle that saw the British army lose 20,000 soldiers on the first day of battle . It was fairly unconvincing not helped by the fact that the eponymous trench looked like a film set . Not so with Michael J Basset's DEATHWATCH which has a realistic miss-en-scene , so realistic in fact you can taste the mud in your mouth , the rain on your skin and smell the stench of decomposing flesh inside your nose . Anyone think war's a game ? I suggest you watch this movie because it might just change your mind . Just a pity that Basset decided to make a horror movie involving the supernatural because who needs monsters when you see what the human race is capable of

The characters are rather clichéd but no more so than those seen in THE TRENCH or THE SOMME ( 2005 ) and the cast do their best especially Andy Serkis who plays a violent maniac . 10 million people died in the first world war so it's refreshing to see a soldier from that period actually enjoying killing the enemy so much simply down to blind hatred . You think the Jerries and Tommies played football together and drank schnapps every Christmas ? Think again . What really ruins the film is the main story of a supernatural force in the trench alongside the soldiers . It's very confusing and underdeveloped and in places just downright silly , especially that ending

In short this is a film that could have been a modern anti-war classic . Basset has made a highly atmospheric film with some very disturbing imagery . It's interesting to note that the scene everyone remembers is the one where the blankets are pulled back , a scene that you feel uncomfortable watching because you just know something like that has happened in real conflicts in the past and will happen in future conflicts . Did we need supernatural damnation when all you have to do is switch on the TV every day to see the human race damned by it's own hand ?


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