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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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Why '1917' Had to Be One Shot

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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USA | UK | India | Spain | Canada

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1917 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$576,216, 29 December 2019

Gross USA:

$147,051,374

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$326,951,374
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to DP Roger Deakins, over 90% of the film was shot with ARRI 40mm Signature Primes, the exceptions being a 47mm for the river scenes and a 35mm for the gym basement and tunnels. Using a pair of Alexa Mini LF prototypes for the first time, Deakins was delighted with the color sensitivity and ability to shoot interior night sequences, rated at 1600 ISO, without forfeiting image quality. The first bunker that appears to be lit with oil lamps are actually dummied props fitted with 500W electric bulbs dimmed down. See more »

Goofs

Saluting without headgear. When Schofield meets Col. McKenzie he salutes him with no helmet or headgear of any type. This would never happen in the British Army. You must have a head covering of some sort in order to salute. See more »

Quotes

Lance Corporal Blake: You'll be wanking again in no time!
Lance Corporal Schofield: Wrong hand.
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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 »

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I Am A Poor Wayfaring Stranger
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Performed by Jos Slovick
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One of the greatest war movies of all time
28 December 2019 | by thompson12001See all my reviews

This is hands down one of the greatest war movies to ever hit the silver screen along with being very unique. The hell of the WWI battlefield is a subject that hasn't been covered in a long time and Mr. Mendes executes this perfectly. A movie like this couldn't have been made 50 years ago but with today's advances in film making along with a large studio budget Mr. Mendes takes us through an adventure every bit as harrowing as Saving Private Ryan and Thin Red Line.

The use of the single shot was brilliant as it brings the viewer along in the trenches and further adds to the realism to the film. I was surprised to hear that this was gimmicky effect from some critics, I feel Mr. Mendes nailed it brilliantly with the help of some fantastic cinematography. The set pieces were so realistic and detailed, a lesser director would've focused more on them but for this ride the camera never stops moving and it's a benefit to the film.

There was no slow part in the movie and the audience is enthralled with the journey from the first minute of the film. The dialogue was great and certainly was a key component of making the single shot method work here. There is no pointless exposition in the movie.

This isn't a piece to glorify war but rather demonstrate how one can be brave all the while showing their vulnerabilities and fear that any normal person would feel in that type of situation. There are no gratuitous bits in the film to exemplify heroism, just a simple story that allows the characters to shine and define bravery on their own terms.

From the acting, to the score, to the cinematography, editing and overall direction of the film Mr. Mendes absolutely knocked it out of the park. This isn't just one of the best war movies of all time, I believe it's truly one of the best pieces of film to ever grace the big screen. 1917 will leave you breathless and for many like myself, in tears when the journey comes to and end.

Bravo!!


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