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Capture of Boer Battery by British (1900)

Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily advancing in the face of a murderous fire of the Boers, who are making their guns speak ... See full summary »

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James H. White
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Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily advancing in the face of a murderous fire of the Boers, who are making their guns speak with rapid volleys. One by one the gunners fall beside their guns, and as the smoke clears for an instant the Highlanders are seen gaining nearer and nearer the disputed ground. Finally a grand charge is made, the siege is carried, and amid cheers they plant the colors on the spot they have so dearly earned. Written by Edison Films (1901)

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Short | Drama | War

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Not Rated
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USA

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14 April 1900 (USA) See more »

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Silent
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During filming, James H. White was badly burned when a cannon misfired. See more »

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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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A Relatively Good Re-Enactment For Its Time
9 November 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

For its time, this re-enactment of a small battle from the Boer War is realistic-looking and full of action. It's probably no longer possible to determine how accurate it may have been in comparison with any actual incident, but the action is staged rather well, and there is plenty of detail that makes it feel almost as if you were watching a real battle. And while it is filmed largely from the Boer perspective, it treats both sides with some respect.

The story starts with an assault by Scots Highlanders on an artillery position held by the Boers. The defenders are pictured as the kind of rag-tag group that usually gains audience sympathy, and the camera films the action from the Boer position, yet it also depicts the Highlanders as a courageous group that keeps coming even against heavy fire.

Not long before this, the Edison Company had filmed and staged scenes from the war between the USA and Spain, and no doubt that experience helped in staging this feature. The technique is far from perfect - for example, at one point a horse completely blocks the camera for a couple of seconds - but overall it does a decent job of portraying a chaotic scene.


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