Billy Bishop Goes to War 2012 NR

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Pajama-clad and elderly, WWI Flying Ace Billy Bishop wanders around his relic-filled attic reminiscing about his battle years.

Starring:
John Gray, Eric Peterson
Runtime:
1 hour 26 minutes

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Billy Bishop Goes to War

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Musical
Director Barbara Willis Sweete
Starring John Gray, Eric Peterson
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on August 2, 2013
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This is the first video of this play I have found in years of searching. It is an updated version to allow for the age of the two actors and is very good. There are a few bits of the original production that have been either written or edited out of this version. Most do not make much difference, but a few leave out lead-ins to later parts of the play. For instance, the discription of Cedric the butler is left out. So, when Cedric is refered to at the end of the scene one wonders who he is. I was able to follow along with the printed version of the play, which helped fill in the gaps.
All-in-all I'd say its a Hell of a good time.
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I acquired this movie for my Grade 12 students. We read the play, including the prologue, so they all knew what to expect. I wish there had been a recording of the original performances when the actors first presented the play. However, replayed when the actors were much older, the play took on a slightly different perspective and it fostered good discussion. Unfortunately there were some parts omitted in this version and my students were slightly disappointed by the exclusion of the scene about being told to eat a spider (among others). While this still made a good movie, some of the minor omissions had made the play a good read. I rated this by how attentive my students were. Our school hosts the villages annual Remembrance Day service and we watched the movie a few weeks before. I think my class was struck by the reflectiveness in the more mature "Billy Bishop." Both the play and the movie have purpose and promote thoughtfulness. If one were just looking for an evening's entertainment, this might not be it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Scheuer on January 27, 2013
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This movie is a filming of a famous Canadian one man play about Billy Bishop. Bishop was a famous World War 1 flying ace credited with shooting down more enemy planes than any other pilot during the war except for Rene Fonck and the Red Baron. The movie tells the story of how Bishop worked his way out of the infantry and into the flying corps, his battles in the air and eventual retirement from service.

The movie is well shot, but really just a filmed version of the play. As such, you should not expect to see actual aerial combat or historical reenactments of Bishop's life. Instead you will see Bishop reminiscing about his life while he drinks in a bar and sings songs with the pianist. The story can be sad at times and funny at others (in a black humor sort of way).

It stars the original stage actor Eric Peterson, who I saw perform this play about 20 years ago in Toronto. While much older, Peterson still has a great presence.
Overall, the movie is well worth watching, as long as you go in with the expectation of seeing a play instead of a traditional movie. It was a great play and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it again.
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By Barbara Elaryia de Groot on December 14, 2014
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Really entertaining version of the life of a Canadian war hero.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Leitch on December 11, 2013
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A great productuon, story, acting staging...basically a one man show about the psychology of an ordinary man who became a war hero and then went home. oh, yeah, it's Canadian and the war is WWI.
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