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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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Carl Hindmarch
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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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The narrator consistently uses the American pronunciation of "Lieutenant" (loo-tenant instead of lef-tenant) throughout the film. See more »

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Death toll to TV poll
30 November 2005 | by HolySock92See all my reviews

This was a quite entertaining TV show on channel 4. It had good actors, quite accurate information and wasn't boring. The only bothering thing about this show was that it did not seem as dangerous and as depressing as it was. When the first man got shot in the head you did not feel quite moved. There could of been dramatic sequences as them watching their friends get killed in front of their eyes. Also I expected there to be shells which exploded and sent out fatal shards and iron balls at the British and French but just saw a small explosion in the ground. The build up of the movie was very big but the actual battle was not brilliant. An entertaining experience but could of been better.


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