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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

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A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.


Peter Jackson
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Thomas Adlam Thomas Adlam ... Self - Bedfordshire Regiment (voice) (as Capt Thomas Adlam VC)
William Argent William Argent ... Self - Royal Naval Air Service (voice) (as LM William Argent)
John Ashby John Ashby ... Self - The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) (voice) (as Cpl John Ashby)
Attwood Attwood ... Self - British Army (voice) (as Cpl Attwood)
Walter Aust Walter Aust ... Self - East Yorkshire Regiment (voice) (as Pte Walter Aust)
Donald Bain Donald Bain ... Self - Seaforth Highlanders (voice) (as Pte Donald Bain)
Thomas Baker Thomas Baker ... Self - Chatham Battalion, Royal Naval Division (voice) (as Pte Thomas Baker)
George Banton George Banton ... Self - 50th Division Headquarters (voice) (as Sig George Banton)
Walter Becklake Walter Becklake ... Self - Northhampyonshire Yeomanry (voice) (as L Cpl Walter Becklake MM)
Arthur Beeton Arthur Beeton ... Self - Royal Navy Air Service (voice) (as POM Arthur Beeton)
Robert Bell Robert Bell ... Self - British Army (voice) (as Mr Robert Bell)
William Benham William Benham ... Self - Hawke Battalion, Royal Navy Division (voice) (as Sub Lt William Benham)
Joseph Biglin Joseph Biglin ... Self - Durham Light Infantry (voice) (as Pte Joseph Biglin)
Edwin Bigwood Edwin Bigwood ... Self - Worcestershire Regiment (voice) (as Pte Edwin Bigwood)
Horace Birks Horace Birks ... Self - Tanks Corps (voice) (as Capt Horace Birks)


Through ground breaking computer restoration technology, filmmaker Peter Jackson's team creates a moving real-to-life depiction of the WWI, as never seen before in restored, vivid colorizing & retiming of the film frames, in order to honor those who fought and more accurately depict this historical moment in world history. Written by Curtis Medina

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A ground-breaking documentary directed and produced by Peter Jackson. See more »

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Rated R for disturbing war images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Peter Jackson decided not to use narration as one might expect for such a documentary. Instead, he wanted audiences to hear the voices of real soldiers who experienced the conflict first hand. See more »


Several shots of tanks appear in the film, both Mark V (Mark Five) and Mark V* (Mark Five Star). They have been colourised green. In reality, tanks of these types were painted "a neutral brown colour". See the article by the British Tank Museum which states that. "Surrendering to the inevitable, towards the end of 1916 it was ordered that the tanks should be painted in a 'neutral brown colour' all over." These tanks entered service in 1918, and were factory-painted brown. See more »


Soldier: You don't look, you see. You don't hear, you listen. You taste the top of your mouth. Your nose is filled with fumes and death. But the veneer of civilization has dropped away.
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Crazy Credits

"Filmed on location on the Western Front, 1914 to 1918" See more »


Written by R.P. Weston and Bert Lee
Performed by Plan 9
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From a freelance colourising artist
11 November 2018 | by angus-lamontSee all my reviews

As this historically important anniversary draws to a close, I just want to say that my viewing of this film was that of utter amazement. As a photo colouriser/restorer, I was absolutely astonished at the work PJ's team put into this. The transition from the original film material, then to the stabilised and corrected FPS and then the full colour and sound was one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen on the screen. The colour is natural and really helps emphasise the grittiness of war and brings out hidden details that may have been missed in the B&W source. Usually I prefer film not to be tampered with, but as Jackson says, this is how the men saw it - in living colour. The addition of the voiceovers from the surviving soldiers themselves is a great choice and doesn't distract and flows along nicely with the visuals. Throughout I expressed various emotions of sadness and shock, but surprisingly a few laughs, particularly one shot showing a soldier banging a tune on another soldiers helmet as they march. I do wish I had seen this on the big screen and I imagine what I have said is enhanced 100x more with that type of viewing. A fitting tribute to the men that did and didn't come home and I hope it is recognised and picks up many awards.

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