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Albert's Memorial


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  • Actors: David Jason, David Warner, Judith Hoersch and Michael Jayston
  • Directors: David Richards
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00429MLU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,295 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Harry (David Jason A Touch of Frost) and Frank (David Warner Titanic) promise to honour their friend Albert's dying wish to be buried on the hill in Germany where the three fought side-by-side in World War II. Feeling too old for adventure, but determined to keep their word, they set off across Europe in Harry's black cab on a journey full of surprises. Hopelessly lost in France, they pick up German hitchhiker Vicki, who intuitively uncovers the dark secret that has haunted them for over fifty years - and helps them find their way.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vlitch Godunov on October 10, 2010
Format: DVD
What a lovely, wonderful story this was. Sure it's way too brief at just 68 minutes, but the cinematography, the expert camera work along the way, and the story line itself is just so great to behold and settle into a cozy chair to watch unfold.

We begin the story watching flashbacks to three soldiers in the war, showing them to be who they are today. David Jason, as we progress, shows none of his Frost or Del Boy quirks here, which is good, and we soon forget about those characters and believe in this older one. David Warner hasn't been around on US screens for a while, and as this film was made for ITV Television in Britain in 2009 - and is seeing its first release in the US on this DVD - it seems most likely his US cinematic days are done.

Shame though as he puts in a stellar role alongside that of Jason. When the two men are 'liberating' the corpse of their friend, Michael Jayston, Jason whispers, "He's in here." To which Warner replies, "Why are you whispering? He's dead, not resting!"

Once in Germany they, for no apparent reason save for she might be able to help them read the maps, pick up a young, blonde German hitch-hiker called Vicki, who they continue on their adventure with. 'Albert's Memorial' may be about a task that 70-year olds should never have undertaken, but felt they should do is definitely a "black comedy" for sure, but comes complete with some serious, thought-provoking moments too.

Revolving around the "last wish" of one of a trio of World War II soldiers to be buried in Germany on the hill where the three were stationed in Hindenburg, the reasoning of such a request is revealed in more ongoing flashbacks.
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This brief (68 minute) film was made for ITV Television in Great Britain in 2009 and is seeing its first release in the US on this DVD.

It is a "black comedy" (with some serious moments) revolving around the "last wish" of one a trio of World War II soldiers to be buried in Germany on the hill where the three were stationed. The reason for that particular spot is revealed in flashbacks, rather slowly I might add, as the film progresses. At times the film will hit your funny bone but, mostly, it concentrates on the two experienced British actors playing senior citizens coping in a younger world. Along the road - which seems to go on a bit too long, to get the corpse of their friend to his final resting place, they meet a young German woman who helps guide them both in providing directions as well as emotional support.

As character a study, the film succeeds, though this kind of film has been done before. Personally I found the ending a bit contrived, but at a running time of just over an hour, its worth a viewing.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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This is a well done movie that takes the viewer into a past that still haunts the present men from WWII and the guilt they feel for an act they could not have prevented. It's well acted, touching with humor in between and a grand touch of what lengths we all may be willing to go for our friends.
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The premise that this movie is based on lacks historical support. Alluded to throughout the movie is how the Russians raped and killed East German civilians at-will presumably as a direct result of and after the liberation of Ravensbruck concentration camp for women. In other words, if we are to believe the movie, the "discovery" of Ravensbruck led to a breakdown in Russian soldier and unit discipline, to the point that they would murder the protagonist of the film, Vicki, for no reason. Somehow, the scriptwriters have juxtaposed in time the actual liberation of the camp (April 30, 1945) with the presumed arrival of 3 British soldiers in Hindenburg, Germany, 187 km to the west--when the Soviet line of advance had not gone that far and, there were still German armies in the field in East Germany. Not mentioned is the "liberation" of Berlin (Battle of Berlin) itself, which cost the Red Army 100,000 front-line soldiers through May 2, 1945; which might have made soldiers angrier than discovering 7,000 French (nationals) inmates of the camp in Ravensbruck in the care of the Swedish and Danish Red Cross on April 30. The motivation for the rape, pillage and destruction of Germany by Russians cannot be summed up by the standard and trite treatment of the concentration camps as justification for illegal savagery directed against civilians, despite the movie's attempt to do so.
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By Carolyn Martenson on November 15, 2013
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Three of England's best actors on a great quest. A film you can watch more than once and still enjoy it.
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