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Trench (1999)

Director: William Boyd     Starring: Paul Nicholls
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Format: DVD
Sku: 220952996
UPC: 066805310706
UPC 14: 00066805310706
Category Keywords: British  Theatrical Release  War  World War I
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Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: BFS
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/10/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1999
Video UPC UPC: 00066805310706
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info James D'Arcy
Video Cast Info Daniel Craig
Video Cast Info Paul Nicholls
Video Cast Info Julian Rhind-Tutt
Video Cast Info Tam Williams
Video Cast Info Laurence Mery-Clark - Editor
Video Cast Info Jim Clark - Editor
Video Cast Info Greg Malcangi - Music
Video Cast Info Tony Pierce-Roberts - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Evelyn Glennie - Music
Video Cast Info Steve Clark Hall - Producer
Video Cast Info William Boyd - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info William Boyd - Director

Professional Reviews

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

"[T]he great Daniel Craig personifies the rage and torment of a wasted generation." 08/01/2000 p.124

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