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My Boy Jack (2007)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rudyard Kipling
... John Kipling
... Caroline Kipling
... Elsie Kipling
... King George V
... Bowe
... Corporal John O'Leary
... McHugh (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
... Doyle
Ciaran Nolan ... Daly
... Colonel Ferguson
... Leo Amery MP
Peter Gowen ... H.A Gwynne
Brian de Salvo ... Field Marshal 'Bobs' Roberts
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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David Haig's original play had a successful run at the Hampstead Theatre, London, opening on October 13 1997, with Haig as Kipling and Belinda Lang as Carrie. The pair revived the production in 2004 for a nationwide tour. See more »

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When Kipling is speaking at the beginning of the film, the Union Jack hanging from the balcony is correctly positioned but the flags behind the podium and the one in front of it are all upside down. See more »

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Rudyard Kipling: [after being informed of Jack's death] By all accounts he was very brave, so few of us have the opportunity to play our part properly. But he did. He achieved what he set out to achieve.
Caroline Kipling: He must have been in such awful pain.
Rudyard Kipling: If you talked to wounded soldiers they would tell you the pain only sets in later. So, he was lucky. I was done with quickly.
Caroline Kipling: Don't tell me he was lucky! He wasn't lucky, or... or Brave, or happy! Jack was eighteen years and 1 day old! He died in the rain, he couldn't see a ...
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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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very thoughtful, a bit too dramatic but keeps viewer's interest very well.
11 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

yet again , i am very pleased with a British production. while the plot and the dialogs are quiet good (quiet great blend of realism,idealism and at times original take on conservatism in its both "old" and "new" forms forms - interesting parallel to be noticed on this "aspect"), the movie's straight is found in exceptional acting(it does make a difference when one has to start his or her acting career in theatrics and "on stage", and not being "picked up" for having a "pretty face", or as trivial things as such). while the plot is very "dear" to me in its subject matter, i got distracted by David Haig awesome performance as the father and Kim Cattrall( i would have never took her as a serious actress on the washed-up commercial "sex and the city")as a very NATURAL mother.in my opinion the movie's punch line is actually delivered by Carey Mulligan as jack's sister...

i do not feel like writing much at the moment; in short, this feature gives the vibe, and plays as a periodical drama (the cars are a bit too "advanced" for 1910's years), plays accordingly, yet it cultivates the viewer's attention and his/her own thoughts and ideological views on God,king,country and Family.it is a movie for mature viewing , yet any ages would find something "sweet" about it; guaranteed.

yes is true; while "made for TV", this production beats down most "blockbusters" of our time. nothing commercial to be found here, which is GREAT; only exceptional acting allowed!(Daniel Radcliffe is the only one that does not seem in sync at times, but that comes out OK since he is suppose to be "naive".also he is actually a secondary character, at face value, as far as the plot goes.)

i only give 9 stars because the way that King George, played by Julian Wadham, is portrayed and which goes against the features "principles". also for certain political implications i do not fully agree with


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