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Drama-documentary recounting the events of the 1st July 1916 and the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front during the First World War. Told through the letters and journals of soldiers who were there.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Narrator
Ed Stoppard ... Captain Charlie May
Paul Popplewell ... Greenhalgh
Patrick Kennedy ... Sergeant Richard H Tawney
Ewan Stewart ... Rawlinson
Nick Figgis Nick Figgis ... Burke
Andrew Turner Andrew Turner ... Dunscombe
Oliver Jones Oliver Jones ... Cyril Jose
Martin Hancock ... Andrews
Raymond Waring ... Lance-Corporal Sidney McCoy
Ralf Rueller ... Eversmann
Rupert Procter Rupert Procter ... Sergeant Major
Robert Cambrinus ... Franz Cassel
David Bertrand David Bertrand ... Fraisse
Jean-David Beroard Jean-David Beroard ... Barberon
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This film is based on letters and diaries of soldiers who witnessed the battle first hand and wrote down what they saw and felt. Focusing on these stories, the horror of the battle is made real by combining beautifully shot drama with moving archive footage.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Schlacht an der Somme See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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At least some of the rifles carried by the British soldiers in this production were Lee-Enfield No.4s, which didn't enter service until 1940. They should have been SMLEs, later known as the Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII. See more »

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Poetic!
12 July 2006 | by AchtungBaby33010See all my reviews

This film was a fantastic modern portrayal of the Battle of the Somme. I've seen so many modern day accounts of it that just don't do the War justice. This film, however, is not only accurate in it's portrayal, but incredibly moving and poetic. The addition of real soldier's diaries and stories was the best part, giving the battle a human face to it that most films/documentaries seem to miss. I should know, I've seen just about all there is to see out there on the First World War.

While seeing it I thought of the movie "The Thin Red Line" for it was similar in it's simple beauty. For any World War One history buff, this is something you will not regret seeing.


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