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Captain Webb (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 August 2015 (UK)
The Greatest Englishman tells the story of Captain Matthew Webb, the first-ever person to successfully swim the English Channel in 1875 equipped only with his moustache, doses of Brandy and a wire wool swimsuit.


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Credited cast:
Warren Brown ... Captain Matthew Webb
Steve Oram ... Professor Fred Beckwith
Georgia Maguire ... Agnes Beckwith
Terry Mynott ... Captain Paul Boyton
Tom Stourton Tom Stourton ... J. B. Johnson
Hannah Tointon ... Madeline Chaddock
Keira Malik Keira Malik ... Meg (as Keira Jane Malik)
Charles Reston Charles Reston ... Dr. Thomas Webb
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sian Bennett Sian Bennett ... Wife of Bruiser Bill
Alex Britton Alex Britton ... Ned the henchman
Tom Cheshire ... Bob the sailor
Jonathan Christie Jonathan Christie ... Doctor
William Donaldson William Donaldson ... Shop Keeper
Jack Fishburn Jack Fishburn ... George the Rower
Charlotte Gallagher Charlotte Gallagher ... Mrs. Keyes


In 1875 Captain Matthew Webb, a retired merchant seaman, survived fierce winds, treacherous currents and multiple jellyfish stings to swim from Dover to the shores of France, a crossing that took almost 22 hours and spanned 39 miles. The Channel would not be swum again for 36 years, and to this day more people have climbed Everest than successfully swum across the Channel. The Greatest Englishman tells the story of one man's struggle to define himself, beginning with Captain Webb diving into the water at Dover. Written by Anonymous

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14 August 2015 (UK) See more »

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£400,000 (estimated)
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Stunning in it's observation of it's time.
26 July 2018 | by arjunflamingfeatherSee all my reviews

A Scientific discovery need not prevent humans from discovering new horizons literally. New Horizons in the game of football like in Russia were achieved and forgotten but Captain Webb is a tale that sums the theory ' First come first serve.' Captain Webb is a movie that did not go lightly into the dying light of eternal; omnipresent is the achievement over matter. Omnipotent search to break the frontiers of his time leads us; watchable because of the agony in this ecstatic movie. Without realizing which is reality and which a dream after the world cup players often tell: we are going to let it sink in. Sinking in meaning the brain and the body cannot give justice to the feeling and sensation in the present achievement which is like an enjoyment. Captain Webb a success in visual direction; masterpiece in acting and cinematography but significantly refined with sound or music. The viewers here can be pleased to see this movie. Captain Webb lives to be watched and considered again as a sports movie or movie based on physical education.

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