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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.

Director:

Pat O'Connor

Writers:

Michael Morpurgo (novel), Simon Reade (screenplay)

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Cast

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

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) »

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

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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

Color:

Color
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Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo See more »

Soundtracks

Abide with Me
Music by William H. Monk (as William Henry Monk) and lyrics by Henry F. Lyte (as Henry Francis Lyte)
Sung at James Peaceful's funeral
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Very good war drama
25 August 2014 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

Private Peaceful follows 2 brothers from childhood to their participation in World War 1. It features themes of friendship, loyalty, courage and sibling rivalry. It features a good UK based cast featuring the late Richard Griffiths and the always excellent Jack O'Connell.

For a film covering a period of time it has a relatively short running time and therefore has a lot to pack in. Therefore there are a number of characters that aren't fully fleshed out. For a small film I thought the war scenes were extremely well done and managed to convey the full horror of war for the often under prepared soldiers.

It all ends rather abruptly and doesn't tie up loose ends which is a bit risky from the filmmaker. I think in this case however it is justified as it makes a greater impact.

This is a only small film but is very engrossing and well worth seeking out. Very enjoyable and thought provoking.


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