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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.


Sam Mendes
47 ( 31)
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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


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


Time is the enemy.


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Sam Mendes (director) and Lee Smith (editor) stated that despite the apparently continuous shot (broken only by one interval of unconsciousness), there were actually dozens of "invisible" edits, concealed by transitions through black, moves behind objects, and so on. According to Mendes, the shortest unbroken shot was 39 seconds long, while the longest single continuous shot was 8 1/2 minutes long. See more »


By April 1917 (when the movie takes place) the Allies already knew that the Germans had withdrawn and had built a new heavy defensive line. The line had been built during the winter and the Allies first got wind of the withdrawal and the new line in early March 1917, so the attacking regiment should have been aware of it. See more »


[first lines]
Sergeant Sanders: Blake. Blake!
Lance Corporal Blake: [waking] Sorry, Sarge.
Sergeant Sanders: Pick a man. Bring your kit.
Lance Corporal Blake: Yes, Sarge.
[walks over to Schofield and wakes him]
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 5 December 2019 (2019) See more »


I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Arranged by Craig Leon
Performed by Jos Slovick
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User Reviews

A technical marvel, 1917's one-shot conceit is immersive and affecting
12 January 2020 | by andrewroy-04316See all my reviews

1917 is a very good film in general, but it's the way it's shot that marks it as an artistically cutting-edge film. It brings the technical excellence of Dunkirk, with great war sets and brutally realistic depictions of the intensity of war, but intelligently turns to a humanist angle in telling a simple story of two men trying to help their country's men. There are no bad elements of 1917, but it's the phenomenal execution of the one-shot technique that makes it great. The tracking shots in the trenches made me realize how much less immersive it is to be constantly cut to the front of the next shot, rather than seeing the path the characters take. Given that it's this one epic journey, it is fitting to go on it with Schofield the whole way. The colors and big war shots (especially Schofield running across the war zone to reach the captain and him jumping into the river) were gorgeous. The score is essential, ratcheting tension up quickly in scenes like the rat trip wire and also calming it down in personal scenes like one character's death and when Schofield meets the baby and woman. War is so extreme and all-encompassing that it's truly difficult for any film to accurately capture it, but 1917 belongs up there with the best efforts. It is a film of brutality and loyalty, but above all it's a beautiful work of art about one of the ugliest subjects known to man.

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English | French | German

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$576,216, 29 December 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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