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The Trench (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 17 September 1999 (UK)
A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War I, and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

Director:

William Boyd

Writer:

William Boyd

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Nicholls ... Pte. Billy Macfarlane
Daniel Craig ... Sgt. Telford Winter
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... 2nd Lt. Ellis Harte
Danny Dyer ... Lance Cpl. Victor Dell
James D'Arcy ... Pte. Colin Daventry
Tam Williams Tam Williams ... Pte. Eddie Macfarlane
Antony Strachan ... Pte. Horace Beckwith (as Anthony Strachan)
Michael Moreland Michael Moreland ... Pte. George Hogg
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Lt. Col. Villiers
Ciarán McMenamin ... Pte. Charlie Ambrose
Cillian Murphy ... Rag Rookwood
John Higgins John Higgins ... Pte. Cornwallis
Ben Whishaw ... Pte. James Deamis
Tim Murphy Tim Murphy ... Pte. Bone
Danny Nutt ... Pte. Dieter Zimmermann
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A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War I, and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

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Taglines:

It is a place 8ft wide, 600 miles long, man-made and God-forsaken.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La Trinchera See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig appeared in Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), Layer Cake (2004), and Enduring Love (2004). See more »

Goofs

The shelling of German trenches and the nomansland before the actual attack was immense. First of all the shelling would have been deafening, secondly, the nomansland would have been a moon-like scenery full of craters and barbwire, not a nice meadow. See more »

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Title Card: In the high summer of 1916, in Northern France, the British Army prepared for the biggest offensive of the First World War. As hundreds of thousands of troops massed in the rear, waiting for the order to attack, a reduced force was put in place to hold the front line trenches.
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Quality performances make a simple film powerfully effective
25 September 1999 | by adrianjSee all my reviews

Who would choose to make their debut a WWI character piece set within the confines of one trench? For his first directorial effort William Boyd has not tried to run before he can walk, and Paul Nicholls in his first released feature plays a role he clearly empathises with.

The relative inexperience of Boyd is evident in the modesty of the production - no expensive effects, no epic locations - but that actually works well in this study of young men trying to cope with the unthinkable horror that characterised the World War One battlefield.

Cooped up for days in dreadful conditions, the various characters - the naive (Nicholls), the intellectual (D'Arcy), the objectionable (Dyer), the loveable fattie (Strachan) - at turns argue with and provide support for each other, but at the end of the day have to face almost certain death on their own and in their own way.

This is not a great film, it doesn't quite provide a strong enough focus to help you empathise with the characters, for the most part it feels like a filmed play, but as a film it is able to provide moments of real visual power such as the final scenes as the boys finally leave the trenches to face the German guns.

For those last few minutes, the realisation of what they are about to do hits you hard, you can really sense the terror that they must have felt.

Despite it's "theatrical" feel at times, and the constraints of its setting, this is a fine and evocative film, with an excellent cast. Paul Nicholls, Danny Dyer and James D'Arcy are not alone in giving faultless performances, but the star of the film must be Daniel Craig, who is superb as Sgt Winter, a man who has survived the battlefield once, but knows his luck is about to run out.


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