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1918 (1985)

William Converse-Roberts , Hallie Foote , Ken Harrison  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Converse-Roberts, Hallie Foote, Matthew Broderick, Rochelle Oliver, Michael Higgins
  • Directors: Ken Harrison
  • Writers: Horton Foote
  • Producers: Jim Crosby, Lewis M. Allen, Lillian V. Foote, Peter Newman, Ross Milloy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002A2VVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "1918" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

From the gifted pen of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird, Tender Mercies) comes a touching trilogy of American tales set in early 20th Century Texas. At the height of World War I, Elizabeth and her husband face hard times when her previously disapproving father steps in to take care of her children so her beloved can go off to war. Matthew Broderick heads a powerhouse cast in this remarkable drama, whose characters were further explored in two subsequent films.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding local color in a small Texas town February 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This movie, 1918 is a great piece of our history during WWI. (The Great War) It tells of courage, cowardice, patriotism, family ties, family integrity, family shame, insight to our families, God and death, A Mother's evaluation of God in the taking of her baby, innocence of the mentally retarded....A feeling like you are there. The background of a slaming screen door, the lady next door practicing for the next week church choir, the distant locomotive, the dog barking, the crowds celebrating the end of the war... the meaning of life and deathe in a small Texas town. The social structure of the family and the social structure of a family with a son that just isn't measuring up to expectations. A wonderful movie. And in my opinion, the best movie ever made. I felt as if I was there experienceing all of these things with the actors and actresses, who to me seemed like live participants.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Trip September 21, 2004
This is such a beautiful movie, as true today as it was then. My mother nearly died in the flu pandemic of 1918, and told me about those times in great detail. My brother and I suffered from measles and whooping cough in the early 40s, and our house was quarantined by the city. Being a child during WWII, I can still identify with many elements of this DVD. Everything moved at such a leisurely pace that it must have seemed that time stood still, especially for the kids. I remember feeling this way growing up in a small town. If you are looking for a movie that moves at breakneck speed, then don't buy this one. But, if you are contemplative and have many memories of the past that you wish to relive, this is the movie for you. I intend to watch it again and again. It is truly a story of a world that no longer exists. That makes me sad, especially for our children.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten time that should not be forgotten February 22, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is one of the most beautiful films I've seen. The evocation of this particular place in this particular time is the best I've ever seen in a film. Something as mundane as practising the piano crystalizes into a moment captured in time that stays with the viewer long after the movie has ended. The canvas of sound used in the film creates a reality so real you are a part of that moment in time portrayed in the movie.

The astounding gentleness and compassion with which Horton Foote presents the people in this town brings tears to my eyes even as I think of it. Not only is this time a forgotten one by many. It is a time of caring and innocence that no longer exists in our country. There is a heroic approach to life these people embody that comes from a sincere sense of right and wrong, duty, and faith. Yet, there is no poliical agenda that motivates their actions. They act out of their realization that as humans we are all connected and that connection is worth fighting for even when it is not easy. They are not perfect. And, because of their imperfections we come to love and care for them.

I rewatch this film whenever I want to wash the hypocrisy and hatred of our own time from off my spirit. This is a film I wish more people were aware of. I cannot believe it is not on dvd yet. If ever our country needed an example of courage and compassion, it is now.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Horton Foote is a playwright and screenwriter of the gentlest, most powerful kind. His beginnings in small town Texas has informed most all of his writing ever since. He has written for broadway, live television and hollywood. He wrote the amazing screenplay for "To Kill A Mockingbird" based on Harper Lee's book. He wrote the films "Tender Mercies" and "Trip to Bountiful" (based on his play) He's won the Pultzer Prize for his play "Young Man From Atlanta" (1995). Many of his plays have ended up on video/dvd and "1918" is one of them.

There is a series of plays written by Mr. Foote called "The Orphan's Home Cycle". Nine terrific plays, gentle and rewarding individually...put them together and you have a gorgeous epic that spans decades. The plays follow a boy named Horace from childhood to adulthood.

The middle three plays of this cycle are: "Courtship", "Valentine's Day" and "1918" and are all on DVD and available on Amazon.

"1918" takes place in a small Texas town during the outbreak of the infamous influenzia epidemic and the comings and goings of soldiers during World War I. It picks up a short time after "On Valentine's Day" ends. Elizabeth and Horace have a child and the family is reunited. But as the sickness of the epidemic and the insidious mutilations of the war casulties all come closer to the their doorstep, Horace is faced with decisions beyond his grasp. Trying to come to terms with his "orphan" status and new family. The delicate way the subjects of love, danger, security and family roam in and out of the dialouge is very moving.

"1918" stands alone as an amazing timepiece.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! February 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I got hooked when I saw this movie! It was very well acted and you became attached to the story. It made me want to read the play that this was based on as well as see the prequel "On Valentine's Day" Elizabeth and Horace's relationship tested by family and life in general. I loved it and would highly recommend this video and the others in the trilogy to anyone who loves historical dramas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Boring -
The year 1918 was certainly a traumatic one for America, given WWI and the flu epidemic. However, I couldn't stand the first fifteen minutes or so of this film and did not finish... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Loyd E. Eskildson
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh well
It was more like a broadway play than a movie. Just ok. I got through it but when compared to this day and age of improved script writing and acting, it pales considerably.
Published 1 month ago by Tarona
1.0 out of 5 stars Watching Paint Dry
Wandering story that starts off boring and ends up VERY boring. It reminded me of a high school version of the play "Our Town".
Published 1 month ago by J. Hogan
2.0 out of 5 stars ho-hum...
not sure why I actually finished watching it. quite unrealistic. can't say I'd think anyone else would really *enjoy* it at all.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Boring
Not sure what the point of the movie wife and I tried first 40 min and gave up, bad script, no reason seemly for many of the characters and the war is some kind of abstract which... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roger Loghry
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Well acted another Horton Foote masterpiece. Really brings home the impact of the influenza epidemic of 1918-20.
Excellent costuming and period artifacts.
Published 2 months ago by CommissionerK
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible...
This is just a bad movie with bad acting. Can't believe Matthew Broderick consented to this one. It must have been a favor to somebody.
Published 3 months ago by 5WW_Kindles
2.0 out of 5 stars So So
The movie started out ok, but as it progressed, I kept waiting for Broderick to actually go to war. It got more disconnected as the film went on, and the ending was unremarkable.
Published 4 months ago by MB
5.0 out of 5 stars This Period Piece is My Cup of Tea
This period piece is my cup of tea. It gave an insightful glimpse of the social mores of 1918 . I like how well it was written and I especially appreciate how the actors made... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vy Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars hated it.
I had a difficult time getting into it and I gave it as long as I could before I just could not take it any more and turned it off about 10 minutes in.
Published 6 months ago by William
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