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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

Genres:

Drama | Horror | War | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£334,657 (United Kingdom), 8 December 2002, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jamie Bell originally whistled "It's a Long Way to Tipperary," but the rights to this particular song proved to be too expansive so it was changed to "Silent Night, Holy Night" in post-production. See more »

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They referred to 'The Lambeth Walk' when saying to the stretcher case - "We'll soon have you doing 'The Lambeth Walk'". This song was not written until about 1937 for the show "Me and My Gal". It was sung, and danced in World War II. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. David Tate: Don't call me 'sir', alright? I'm a sergeant, I work for a living.
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A good low budget horror movie
31 January 2004 | by unimatrixzeroSee all my reviews

I liked this film. It was quirky, had a sting in the tale and had a cast of excellent characters, from a young and innocent Private who tries to understand the horrors of war, a man about to loose his faith in God, a solider who wants to survive the war with the minimum of guilt, a dying teenager, shot in the spine and unaware of the horrors to come and to a psychotic solider who will kill anyone, friend or foe. Add to this a German soldier, played with sinister and frightening conviction by unknown actor, Roman Horak and you have a seat of your pants film that you don't want to watch on your own!

However like many low budget movies, especially those that come of the UK criticism and panning is the name of the game. Now this REALLY gets up my nose! Come on guys, this isn't America you know, we don't have the sort of greenbacks to pay for state of the art special effects in any movie that is British funded. We have to reply on spit, prayers and God's good will.

Deathwatch is damn good movie, scary, spooky, well acted and a cracking good horror film.

If you want something more in the line of special effects galore combined with `pants' acting then go out and buy or rent the mind numbingly stupid, `Freddy and Jason' but don't knock a movie because it doesn't have the budget to give it that glossy overstated Hollywood feel.

This is an intelligent film for intelligent people, if you don't fit into that category, watch something else instead.


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