An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.


Simon Stone


Moira Buffini (screenplay), John Preston (novel)
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Nominated for 5 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Basil Brown
Stephen Worrall Stephen Worrall ... Ferryman
Danny Webb ... John Grateley
Carey Mulligan ... Edith Pretty
Archie Barnes Archie Barnes ... Robert Pretty
Robert Wilfort Robert Wilfort ... Billy Lyons
James Dryden ... George Spooner
Joe Hurst ... John Jacobs
Paul Ready ... James Reid Moir
Peter McDonald ... Guy Maynard
Christopher Godwin Christopher Godwin ... Dr. Parry
Ellie Piercy ... Mrs. Lyons
Bronwyn James ... Ellen McKenzie
Desmond Kaliszewski Desmond Kaliszewski ... Barge Skipper
Monica Dolan ... May Brown


An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.

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Nothing stays lost forever.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Peggy Piggott, played by Lily James, is the real-life aunt of the author of the book "The Dig". See more »


The excavation is being done with 5 Gallon plastic cans, which were first used in the late 1940s. See more »


Basil Brown: Robert, we all fail. Every day. There are some things we just can't succeed at no matter how hard we try. I know it's not what you want to hear.
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Standard of St. George
Written by Kenneth Alford
Public Domain
Performed by Alder Valley Brass
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Drama,War,And Relationships
20 January 2021 | by azizsalhi-56473See all my reviews

This is a very good movie..if you see the picture from the outside you'll say it's a story about an Archeologist and his historically important excavation..but if you dig deeper you'll find a lot of potential in what the movie is trying to tell you. The relationships between us and the people we love,the people we don't even know..heck between people in general and how it's important to a human being..but that comes with a misunderstandings and conflicts and this happening in a time of war and how that is affecting them..all this has been told in an amazing dramatic way of Brasil Brown who discovered and excavated one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time of course with that being the main story. The acting by Carey Mulligan was magnificent and Ralph Fiennes was the one for this role and their performance was the outstanding thing in the whole movie. Another thing was good is the editing..they've done a tremendous job and it was really worth the effort to come up with something like this. Although sometimes there are some side stories that you'll find yourself not that interested in them too much,and the storytelling could seem very slow at some points..also there's ups and downs like any other movie. Overall great movie,worth watching and i suggest you to see it.

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Release Date:

29 January 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dig See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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