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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

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A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

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Peter Jackson
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Through ground breaking computer restoration technology, filmmaker Peter Jackson's team creates a moving real-to-life depiction of the WWI, as never seen before in restored, vivid colorizing & retiming of the film frames, in order to honor those who fought and more accurately depict this historical moment in world history. Written by Curtis Medina

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Rated R for disturbing war images | See all certifications »

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UK | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

They Shall Not Grow Old See more »

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Gross USA:

$17,956,913

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,904,188
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Late in production Peter Jackson came up with the idea to end the film with "Mademoiselle from Armentières" over the end credits, and to produce a new recording. There was not the time to fly in British actors to New Zealand, so members of the nearby British embassy with proper accents were asked to come to the recording studio to perform the song. See more »

Goofs

Several shots of tanks appear in the film, both Mark V (Mark Five) and Mark V* (Mark Five Star). They have been colourised green. In reality, tanks of these types were painted "a neutral brown colour". See the article by the British Tank Museum which states that. "Surrendering to the inevitable, towards the end of 1916 it was ordered that the tanks should be painted in a 'neutral brown colour' all over." These tanks entered service in 1918, and were factory-painted brown. See more »

Quotes

Soldier: You don't look, you see. You don't hear, you listen. You taste the top of your mouth. Your nose is filled with fumes and death. But the veneer of civilization has dropped away.
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"Filmed on location on the Western Front, 1914 to 1918" See more »


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Bombed Last Night
Traditional Trench Song
Performed by Plan 9
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Instructive and harrowing
11 July 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

A century later, Peter Jackson produced an informative and fascinating documentary about the First World War, seen by the English, in the trenches of the Bay of Somme, with dusted and colored archive images.

Almost everyone expected a brief and victorious war, which, as it was said at the time, would be "over at Christmas". The continuation was very different and became a trench war. Hygiene was deplorable until it became laughable but the atmosphere within the troops was fraternal despite the constantly oppressive atmosphere.

And we also learn that the English infantrymen regularly had a mission to capture a Fritz. Knowing that from a military strategy point of view, this is a complete nonsense, a war prisoner being systematically an useless and cumbersome dead weight, it is perhaps a pity that this documentary does not give to the audience an explicit explanation. And the only rational explanation is probably this one: to force the English infantrymen to attack the Germans, the prisoner of war being the proof of the effectiveness of their attack ...


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