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Private Peaceful (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 12 October 2012 (UK)
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Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.


Pat O'Connor


Michael Morpurgo (novel), Simon Reade (screenplay)





Credited cast:
Eline Powell ... Anna
Jack O'Connell ... Charlie Peaceful
Hero Fiennes Tiffin ... Young Charlie (as Hero Fiennes-Tiffin)
George MacKay ... Tommo Peaceful
Richard Griffiths ... The Colonel
Frances de la Tour ... Grandma Wolf
Maxine Peake ... Hazel Peaceful
John Lynch ... Sergeant Hanley
Alexandra Roach ... Molly Monks
Paul Ready ... Captain Wilkins
James McArdle ... Lieutenant Buckland
James Laurenson ... Major Fitzpatrick
Anthony Flanagan ... Recruiting Sergeant
Angus Wright ... Captain Barnes
David Yelland ... General Haig


Private Peaceful details the gritty rural lives and loves of Tommo and Charlie - two young brothers - and their poor Devonshire family from 1909 until 1916, when the outbreak of war destroys their country idyll. Both join up (one under age) leaving behind the beautiful Molly who is the love of both their lives. The young men survive gas attacks, shelling, German troops and the appalling deaths of their close friends. But one thing they cannot escape is summary military justice. Written by Guy de Beaujeu

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world war one | See All (1) »


Divided by love. United by war. Torn apart by injustice.


Drama | War


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Release Date:

12 October 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Peaceful - Mein Bruder Charlie See more »

Filming Locations:

Suffolk, England, UK

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Production Co:

Fluidity Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


The Children's Theatre Company (Ipswich, Suffolk) provided extras for the film. See more »


The Rocky Road to Dublin
Traditional tune, lyrics by D.K. Gavan
Arranged by Keith Clouston
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A joke
19 January 2013 | by grayman175See all my reviews

A terrible portrayal of a really good book. The films acting and general scene work was awful,any viewer who knows a tiny little bit about world war one Will watch this and know that they didn't put any care into the costumes and special effects. Overall this film is dog poo when put next to morpurgo's war horse film. Greatly Disappointed! This film really annoyed me as I was waiting for a really well made film (like the war horse) but they showed me a cast who's accents are terrible and General acting skills of a four-year old! At one point in the film sergeant Hanley makes Tommo run around and Charlie squares up to him,this annoys me as it would never of happened.Charlie got given field punishment number one and was tied to a gun wheel in clean uniform, this is wrong as the gun carriage would have been pulled around. This film was tripe!

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