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Battle Ground (2013)

Forbidden Ground (original title)
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Three British soldiers find themselves stranded in No Man's Land after a failed charge on the German Trenches. Set in France 1916.

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Johan Earl, Denai Gracie (contributing writer) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Johan Earl ... Sgt. Maj. Arthur Wilkins
Tim Pocock ... Pvt. O'Leary
Martin Copping ... Cpl. Richard Jennings
Denai Gracie ... Grace Wilkins
Sarah Mawbey ... Eve Rose
Barry Quin ... Dr. Bennett
Damian Sommerlad ... Lieutenant
Oliver Trajkovski ... Lieutenant's Aide
Igor Breakenback ... Sgt. Schmidt (as Igor Smiljevic)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byron J. Brochmann Byron J. Brochmann ... German Sniper
Gudmund Helmsdal ... German Soldier (voice) (as Gudmund Helmsdal Nielsen)
Alex Jewson ... Pvt. Riley
Steve Maxwell Steve Maxwell ... German Soldier
James Shepherd James Shepherd ... Pvt. Franklin
Craig Walker ... Soldier Character Voices (voice)
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When an allied charge on the German lines goes horribly wrong, one man finds himself stranded in No Man's Land. Reuniting with two other survivors, together they must help each other as they charge into the unknown across the muddy wasteland as the Germans quickly hone in on the desperate trio. Tensions rise between the soldiers as they are surrounded by explosions of grenades with the constant rattle of machine guns in their ears. Time is running out as they make their way back over enemy lines as an impending attack could soon take them out. Written by Lionsgate

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Survivors become heroes. Soldiers become brothers.

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and grisly images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original ending to the charge sequence involved a much more complicated stunt than appears in the final film. The character of Wilkins was supposed to leap into a crater for protection only to be blown off course by a nearby explosion and land in rancid water. Actor/co-director Johan Earl performed the stunt, which required a timed use of explosives and stunt harnesses, but the cameras being used to film the scene were momentarily affected by the nearby explosion, and the shots were ruined. The final ending to the scene was created with digital effects. See more »

Goofs

Sgt Major Wilkins looks at his watch several times during the film, the watch is of a much more modern style than found at the time and it is also a quartz movement as is evident by the the ticking of the second hand which jumps one second intervals instead of a steady sweeping movement made by mechanical movements. See more »

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A Beautifully Told Tragedy
15 December 2013 | by fallen-arc-1See all my reviews

A poignant film. Beautifully told, and I thought Denai (actress) was superb. I absolutely loved the womens storyline. As a girl, War films are not something I generally race out to see. But this film was recommended to me, and I was not disappointed. This is a war story with a difference, instead of focusing on the scale of war which has been done to death, Forbidden Ground tells the story from ground level. They create an awesome claustrophobic feeling, which is always how I envisaged soldiers on the front line would have felt. Having to keep your head down all the time!! The film captured the very essence of not only the tragedies on the battlefield, but the tragedies at home too. Utterly memorable.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2013 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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