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WWII : The Long Road Home (2019)

| Adventure, Drama, War | 2019 (UK)
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Inspired by teenage director Elliott Hasler's own great-grandfather's experiences in WWII; an escaped British POW's epic battle for survival whilst on the run in war-torn Italy, as his wife and young son anxiously await news in England.


Elliott Hasler


Elliott Hasler (screenplay), Elliott Hasler





Cast overview:
Elliott Hasler ... Charlie Standing
Alice Rogers Alice Rogers ... Ivy 'Tup' Standing
David Aitchison David Aitchison ... Andrew Grimes
Matthew Wyn Davies ... Lieutenant Wilkinson
Luigi Patti del Pirano li Castri Luigi Patti del Pirano li Castri ... Aldo
Megan Heffernan ... Dolly
Owen Oldroyd Owen Oldroyd ... Sergeant Milton
Pete Walsh Pete Walsh ... Michael Romero
Mike Skinner Mike Skinner ... Captain Thompson
David Hasler David Hasler ... Giovanni


Inspired by director Elliott Hasler's great-grandfather's own experiences, 'WWII - The Long Road Home' depicts an escaped British POW's epic battle for survival whilst on the run in war-torn Italy, as his wife and young son anxiously await news in England. Completed when Hasler was just sixteen years old, this impressive debut was shot across five countries and spent three years in production, seeing Hasler lauded as "the next Spielberg" upon its release (Culture Trip) . Written by Relsah Productons

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Escaped from Hell but the Nightmare was Just Beginning.


Adventure | Drama | War


Did You Know?


For the waterfall scene, Elliott Hasler actually drank water from the pool at bottom, to add "greater realism" to the scene. A decision he later regretted as it left him vomiting all night, made worse by the fact that he had to leave at 6:00am the next morning to shoot the cave scenes with French actor Franck Dhumes, who was only available for filming on that day. To reach the remote mountain top location, Hasler had to undertake a 4km hike on a cold February morning with no food or water inside him, and still feeling ill from drinking the water. Hasler has later said how the experience led him to appreciate greater the sort of suffering his great-grandfather would have experienced and stated: "it was the closest I've ever come to method acting!". See more »


Charlie Standing: [Referring to the Arabic dagger which Grimes is holding] Why the hell have you got that?
Andrew Grimes: Bought it off an Arab for a bar of Cadburys, besides I've got it all planned out once we get to Germany, see I'll take this knife an' snip off Hitler's one and only and serve it up to old Eva on a silver platter.
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24 December 2020 | by thebritwhitzSee all my reviews

I didn't need to hear of the budget this film was put together on. I'd already have been able to guess in the first 10 seconds. The blessing being its only 75 minutes long!

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2019 (UK) See more »

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Charlie's Letters See more »

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Spain See more »

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