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Journey's End (1988)

A British Company in the WWI trenches await an inevitable German attack

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Michael Simpson

Writer:

R.C. Sherriff (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Petherbridge ... Lt. Osborne
Mark Payton Mark Payton ... 2nd Lt. Raleigh
Timothy Spall ... 2nd Lt. Trotter
Gary Cady Gary Cady ... 2nd Lt. Hibbert
Dorian Healy ... Mason
George Baker ... The Colonel
Clive Swift ... Captain Hardy
John Forgeham ... Company Sergeant Major
Anthony Herrick Anthony Herrick ... Intelligence Officer
Tomsk Bork Tomsk Bork ... German Soldier
Jonathan Donne Jonathan Donne ... Hardy's Lieutenant
Russell Gomer Russell Gomer ... Corporal Crooks
Derek Daniels Derek Daniels ... Runner
Glyn Grimstead Glyn Grimstead ... Runner
Roger Owen Roger Owen ... Runner
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A British Company in the WWI trenches await an inevitable German attack

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Final de partida See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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No light relief here
3 September 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Journey's End is a famous play set in the last months of the first world war. It shows the embattled lives of British Army officers in the trenches. The play tells the story in the officers' dugout over four days from 18 March 1918 to 21 March 1918 before a major planned offensive by the Germans.

This BBC television film opens out the play. Jeremy Northam plays Stanhope, an officer who is burned out, he has turned to alcohol but continues with his duties and refuses to take the leave he is entitled to.

He is joined in the trenches by a new and naive officer Raleigh who has requested to be sent to Stanhope's company. Raleigh went to school with Stanhope and their families know each other. However Stanhope is not pleased to see him and berates him. Raleigh cannot understand his edginess or that Stanhope is behaving the way he is because of the cumulative effect of the war, losing people close to him. Stanhope is a paragon and he drinks to forget that he has lost people like Lt Osborne.

Timothy Spall plays the avuncular Lt Trotter who lets nothing seemingly bother him. There are good performances by Edward Petherbridge as Lt Osborne and George Baker as the Colonel. It is an early starring role for Jeremy Northam who in the 1990s was groomed for stardom but maybe luck fell on Colin Firth and Hugh Grant instead.

The film works better because it has been shot on film, where the dim lighting in the dugout gives it atmosphere. The film contrasts the class differences. Despite the war, the fatalities, the officers enjoy good food, good whiskey and waited on by the lower ranks.

The film can still appear to be dry as it does not stray too far from its stage origins.


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