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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.


Peter Jackson
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Thomas Adlam Thomas Adlam ... Self - Bedfordshire Regiment (voice) (as Capt Thomas Adlam VC)
William Argent William Argent ... Self - Royal Naval Air Service (voice) (as LM William Argent)
John Ashby John Ashby ... Self - The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) (voice) (as Cpl John Ashby)
Attwood Attwood ... Self - British Army (voice) (as Cpl Attwood)
Walter Aust Walter Aust ... Self - East Yorkshire Regiment (voice) (as Pte Walter Aust)
Donald Bain Donald Bain ... Self - Seaforth Highlanders (voice) (as Pte Donald Bain)
Thomas Baker Thomas Baker ... Self - Chatham Battalion, Royal Naval Division (voice) (as Pte Thomas Baker)
George Banton George Banton ... Self - 50th Division Headquarters (voice) (as Sig George Banton)
Walter Becklake Walter Becklake ... Self - Northhampyonshire Yeomanry (voice) (as L Cpl Walter Becklake MM)
Arthur Beeton Arthur Beeton ... Self - Royal Navy Air Service (voice) (as POM Arthur Beeton)
Robert Bell Robert Bell ... Self - British Army (voice) (as Mr Robert Bell)
William Benham William Benham ... Self - Hawke Battalion, Royal Navy Division (voice) (as Sub Lt William Benham)
Joseph Biglin Joseph Biglin ... Self - Durham Light Infantry (voice) (as Pte Joseph Biglin)
Edwin Bigwood Edwin Bigwood ... Self - Worcestershire Regiment (voice) (as Pte Edwin Bigwood)
Horace Birks Horace Birks ... Self - Tanks Corps (voice) (as Capt Horace Birks)


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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Did You Know?


J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, also fought in the Battle of the Somme. See more »


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 »


Soldier: [waving at camera] Hi, mum.
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Crazy Credits

"Filmed on location on the Western Front, 1914 to 1918" See more »


Written by R.P. Weston and Bert Lee
Performed by Plan 9
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Mesmerising footage of the Great War.
12 November 2018 | by steve-489-311092See all my reviews

I needed some time for this to sink in before commenting on it. This was equal parts funny, exciting, moving, harrowing, horrifying, upsetting.

Firstly, it's not a glossy documentary. There are some harrowing scenes in this that will, and should, upset you.

The first 25 minutes are of original black and white, speeded up footage with the original voices of troops telling their story over the top of it.

Then something amazing happens. The screen widens, the footage smoothes out, the colours shines through and in an instant your and seeing everything in so much more detail.

That said this was the first time I've seen footage from The Great War that didn't feel disconnected. It feels real. Seeing the colour on their cheeks and eyes, the dirt, the mud, the blood brings the old footage to life. Occasionally the colourisation takes on a slightly animated feel but never enough to draw you out of the engrossing scenes laid out before you.

Then the frame rate adjustment is amazing. Having computers generate the missing frames to adjust the variable 15-18fps to the regular 24fps is a visual butter knife that smoothes out the jerky footage.

Having the soldiers talk sounds like a mistake but it's done in such a subtle and sensitive way it never feels false. They've been lip synced perfectly and apparently even with the right accent for the infantry units depicted.

This was powerful viewing. Computers and technology being used for something so important, to allow 100+ year old footage to look so modern and yet not feel sanitised is amazing.

This should become compulsory viewing for every one, all schools too.

With footage thats this accessible there's no reason history should be forgotten.

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