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Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 18-year-old son after he goes missing during World War I.

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Brian Kirk

Writer:

David Haig (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Haig ... Rudyard Kipling
Daniel Radcliffe ... John Kipling
Kim Cattrall ... Caroline Kipling
Carey Mulligan ... Elsie Kipling
Julian Wadham ... King George V
Martin McCann ... Bowe
Richard Dormer ... Corporal John O'Leary
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... McHugh (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
Laurence Kinlan ... Doyle
Ciaran Nolan Ciaran Nolan ... Daly
Nick Dunning ... Colonel Ferguson
Michael McElhatton ... Leo Amery MP
Peter Gowen Peter Gowen ... H.A Gwynne
Brian de Salvo Brian de Salvo ... Field Marshal 'Bobs' Roberts
Simon Coury Simon Coury ... Naval Doctor
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English gentleman author Rudyard Kipling, famous for the Jungle Book, uses his considerable influence, being on a War Office propaganda think tank, to get his nearly 18 year-old son John 'Jack', admitted for military service during World war I after he is repeatedly refused on account of his bad eyesight. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards: their patriotic dream but mother and sister's nightmare. After a short officer training course Jack gets command of a platoon and embarks in France. Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers terrible losses and Jack is reported missing. Now mother Caroline 'Carry' Kipling proves unstoppable pushing Rudyard's influence and half of England to help find out the truth. When it finally comes, there is far less glory than gore and guilt. Written by KGF Vissers (edited P Vanderl)

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A young man fights for his country.


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Official Sites:

ITV [UK] | PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baiatul meu Jack See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes were shot at the actual Rudyard Kipling estate, Bateman's, where Kipling lived from 1902 until his death. See more »

Goofs

Many of the photos of wounded men that the Kipling family search through clearly show a WW2 pattern 'Brodie' steel helmet. Not only is a WW2 steel helmet wrong, ANY steel helmet is wrong for late 1915 as steel helmets weren't issued to British troops until 1916. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Kipling: [crying] I miss him.
Rudyard Kipling: [bursts into tears] So do I.
Caroline Kipling: I can feel his head on my chest. I can feel his thick hair under my fingers. I can hear him laugh. I can feel his heat against me.
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Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: A Call to Arms (2008) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
by Patty S. Hill (as Patti Hill Smith) & Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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Putting a face on many millions of dead young men.
17 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"My Boy Jack" is set during WWI--a war in which many millions of young men were killed for absolutely nothing (between 5-6 million of these were Brits). However, instead of being the story about a battle or large groups of men, it's about one individual--Jack Kipling, the only son of Rudyard Kipling. What makes it so compelling is that Jack shouldn't have even been in action--he was practically blind and had been repeatedly rejected for service. But, since his father was a public figure and had pushed so much for the war as well as the whole 'duty to King and country' rot, it wasn't surprising that the boy felt compelled to push and push to get into the thick of the action. What happens next isn't at all surprising--and gives his family a chance to reassess their values and commitment to the cause as well as their own part in the tragedy.

This is a very effective film. Much of it is because of the fine acting by Daniel Ratcliffe (as Jack), Carey Mulligan, Kim Cattrall (as his American mother) and David Haig as Rudyard Kipling. What makes it a little more interesting is that the true story was based on a play written by Haig himself. Overall, it's a wonderful but incredibly sad film that puts an individual face on tragedy. Well worth seeing and filled with emotion--so much so that you really should have some Kleenex handy. One of the better made for TV movies I have seen.


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