The Western Front, April 1918. With a massive German attack imminent, a company moves up for its 6-day spell on the line. The company is lead by the war-weary, tightly wound, alcoholic Captain Stanhope. Joining the company is 2nd Lieutenant Raleigh, fresh out of training. Raleigh knew Stanhope at school and asked to be assigned to his company. Little does he realise how much Stanhope has changed.Written by
Playwright R.C. Sherriff had seen first-hand the effect of years of war on his friends and knew the fear and terror of waiting for an impending attack, waiting for his journey's end. The characters in the play are a reflection of the men Sherriff had served with in the 9th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. See more »
We're Here Because We're Here
Scottish folk tune (" Auld Lang Syne") See more »
Extremely good, but disturbing, as it should be.
I don't rate myself as an overly emotional person, but I must admit this film hit a raw nerve for me. I had a relative in the First World War, perhaps that enables a better connection? The film really illustrates what an unspeakable tragedy this war was for ordinary young men of that period from a multitude of backgrounds, of course not just from this country. This story has been told and re-told many times over the years since it's release as a play in 1928, but I can't imagine a better adaption than this. The production is superb, the acting utterly compelling. I literally felt emotionally drained after leaving the cinema, it was more than a film, it was an experience I shall not forget, just as we should not forget that terrible war. Incredible film.
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