Directed By: William Boyd Starring: Paul Nicholls

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Studio BFS
SKU 220952996
UPC 066805310706
UPC 14 00066805310706
Format DVD
Release Date 5/10/2011
Theatrical Release
World War I
Editors Note
Note THE TRENCH tells the story of a group of young British soldiers on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in the summer of 1916, the worst defeat in British military history. Against this ill-fated backdrop, the movie depicts the soldiers' experience as a mixture of boredom, fear, panic, and restlessness, confined to a trench on the front lines. At the center of the troops is 17-year-old Billy MacFarlane (Paul Nicholls), who alongside his older brother, Eddie (Tam Williams), has volunteered for service. Like their fellow squad members, they are boys dressed as men. Their survival is in the hands of war-hardened Sergeant Winter (Daniel Craig) and bookish Lieutenant Hart (Julian Rhind-Tutt). However, when word comes that the squad will join the first wave of the attack, they all face an equal fate.^Novelist and screenwriter William Boyd's directorial debut steers clear of epic pronouncements about the pointlessness of war. Instead, he illuminates in glowing detail the characters perched at the edge of the abyss. With a minimum of bloodshed, the movie seeks to capture a momentous event through a narrow lens. Watching the men march stiffly into battle, it becomes clear there is no such thing as "modern" warfare.
New York Times "...[A] stirring World War I drama..." 11/22/2000 p.E3
Hollywood Reporter "...Made competently and offering some gripping moments....The filmmaker does an effective job of conveying the cramped, frightening battle conditions..." 12/05/2000 p.25
Uncut "[T]he great Daniel Craig personifies the rage and torment of a wasted generation." 08/01/2000 p.124
William Boyd
Paul Nicholls
Cast & Crew
James D'Arcy - Star
Daniel Craig - Star
Paul Nicholls - Star
Julian Rhind-Tutt - Star
Tam Williams - Star
Laurence Mery-Clark - Editor
Jim Clark - Editor
Greg Malcangi - Music
Tony Pierce-Roberts - Director of Photography
Evelyn Glennie - Music
Steve Clark Hall - Producer
William Boyd - Screenwriter
William Boyd - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00066805310706
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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