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Tumbledown (1988)

Based on the experiences of Lieutenant Robert Lawrence, M.C..

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Richard Eyre

Writer:

Charles Wood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Robert Lawrence
Paul Rhys ... Hugh MacKessac
David Calder ... John Lawrence
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Jean Lawrence
Emma Bowe Emma Bowe ... Sophie Martin-Wells (as Emma Harbour)
Rupert Baker ... Nick Lawrence
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Christopher Lawrence
Roddy Maude-Roxby Roddy Maude-Roxby ... George Stubbs
Ann Bell ... Helen Stubbs
Sophie Thompson ... Louise Stubbs
Dan Hildebrand ... Prothero
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Sergeant Brodick
Mark Williams ... Lumpy
Ian Michie Ian Michie ... Fraser
Paul Higgins ... Saltemarsh
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Based on the experiences of Lieutenant Robert Lawrence, M.C..

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Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Dank des Vaterlandes See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based on the experiences of Lieutenant Robert Lawrence MC. See more »

Quotes

[an RAF doctor is giving Robert yet more tests]
Squadron Leader Wentworth: Your father gave me a lesson in military etiquette. I shall give you one. I am called "Sir".
Robert Lawrence: What are you? Squadron Leader? In the Household Division we don't call your rank "Sir".
Squadron Leader Wentworth: Well you can start now, Lawrence.
Robert Lawrence: You're in the Royal Air Force. Are you a flyer?
Squadron Leader Wentworth: No I'm not. I'm a doctor.
Robert Lawrence: [snarls] Well listen, Doctor. Just test this fist. It's just about to give you your first fucking flying lesson!
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A personal account turned anti-war message by circumstance
22 April 2007 | by itremontSee all my reviews

This was a TV movie done by the BBC in 1988, aired in the UK in 1989 that stirred all sorts of attitudes and drew a lot of flak within the UK. Yet it sticks to the memories of Lt. Lawrence, the Scots Guards officer who came to fight for the Queen and for his country, contributed to final victory at the summit of Mount Tumbledown in the Malvinas (Falklands) Islands, but paid a price higher than being killed: to stay alive, but critically wounded, useless for the Army, and not able to return to the only job he could work in. It showed crudely that 1. The victors did not handle their wounded well, hiding them in indifference and with shame 2. War is war, and far from romantic. The most controversial scene (that the Ministry of Defense tried to delete from the movie by putting pressure on the BBC) shows Lt. Lawrence mercilessly bayoneting a wounded Argentine marine on the hillside. The soldier groans "don't kill me, don't kill me, please.. please... while the killer pushes the bayonet several times, almost sadistically. For the British viewers this was hard to see, as it also portrayed their soldiers as evil in combat with fallen enemy soldiers. 3. It is one of the few movies that recreates faithfully how the Falklands war was fought. Until 2005, there were only two movies with this war as a background. The other one was "Resurrected". In 2005 the movie "Lit by fire" (Iluminados Por El Fuego") told form the Argentine side the way its vets were neglected from society). "Tumbledown showed that the Argentines did fight well despite their limitations (18-year-old draftees with inadequate clothing and shaky morale).


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