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1917 (2019)

R | | Drama, War | 10 January 2020 (USA)
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April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

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Sam Mendes
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The director, writer, and cast of 1917 take us behind the scenes to reveal the inspirations for the World War I epic and explain why it was important to film it as one shot.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Lance Corporal Blake
George MacKay ... Lance Corporal Schofield
Daniel Mays ... Sergeant Sanders
Colin Firth ... General Erinmore
Pip Carter ... Lieutenant Gordon
Andy Apollo ... Sergeant Miller
Paul Tinto ... NCO Baker
Josef Davies Josef Davies ... Private Stokes
Billy Postlethwaite ... NCO Harvey
Gabriel Akuwudike ... Private Buchanan
Andrew Scott ... Lieutenant Leslie
Spike Leighton ... Private Kilgour
Robert Maaser ... German Pilot
Gerran Howell ... Private Parry
Adam Hugill Adam Hugill ... Private Atkins
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Storyline

April 1917, the Western Front. Two British soldiers are sent to deliver an urgent message to an isolated regiment. If the message is not received in time the regiment will walk into a trap and be massacred. To get to the regiment they will need to cross through enemy territory. Time is of the essence and the journey will be fraught with danger. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Time is the enemy.

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Details

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Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$576,216, 29 December 2019

Gross USA:

$152,119,699

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$347,819,699
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong and Colin Firth all previously appeared in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). See more »

Goofs

When Schofield sees the cow in the field near the barn, the carcass of another cow is seen at a distance. However, when he and Blake turn towards the field again to observe the dogfight, the carcass is gone. See more »

Quotes

General Erinmore: They're walking into a trap. Your orders are to deliver a message calling off tomorrow morning's attack. If you fail, it will be a massacre.
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The opening logos are shortened and tinted blue. See more »

Alternate Versions

In India, the film received multiple verbal cuts in order to obtain a U/A classification. Also, two anti-smoking video disclaimers and a smoking kills caption were added. This version also features local partner credits at the beginning and an interval card after Schofield is hit. See more »

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A technical masterpiece
6 December 2019 | by eelen-sethSee all my reviews

Sam Mendes' war drama is set during World War I and very personal to him, as it tells a story his grandfather used to tell him when he was still a young lad. Dedicated to Mendes' hero, this drama cuts deep when we join two young soldiers on a mission to deliver a message that could possibly save thousands of fellow combatants.

Filmed and edited as if it was one long take, the camera never leaves our main protagonists, Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay), out of its sight. Mendes (Skyfall) and co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful) therefore corner themselves by relying on this kind of linear storytelling, to tell a very focused but at times a somewhat thin tale. Some of the scenes are so empty, it will for sure test audiences' patience. Technical, '1917' is a true feast for the eyes and ears.

Roger Deakins' (Blade Runner 2049) cinematography is once again breathtakingly superior to anything else you've seen this year, and for sure will be the one thing people unanimously praise. Sound editing/mixing, visual effects and production design are all outstanding. These are the things, people will remember. It is Thomas Newman's (Passengers) score that elevates every moment happening in front of you, intensifying the emotions brought by our main characters. And although MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Chapman (Game of Thrones) do a pretty phenomenal job at capturing the true essence of their characters going through a literal hell, it's the side characters with little-to-no screen time who steal their spotlight. Andrew Scott (Fleabag), Mark Strong (Shazam!), Richard Madden (Rocketman) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) are checkpoints along the way, but man, do they impress with the few lines they're given.

1917 is without a doubt a technical masterpiece, that will inspire many filmmakers, but I can't feel a bit let down. As an overall film, it wants to play a heavy tune on your heartstrings, but can't reach that level of sentiment, because the focus on technicalities pulled me out of the story. It for sure is one of the better films 2019 has brought to the big screen, yet a bit more focus on the script could've made this the cinematic masterpiece of the decade. Nonetheless, I recommend watching this on the biggest screen possible and enjoy another fine piece of cinema brought to you by Sam Mendes.


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