All the King's Men
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This film focuses on the "Sandringham Company," formed mostly from servants, gardeners and other workers on King George V's estate of that name, which were part of the 1/5th Norfolk Battalion. Virtually none of these men were ever seen again and the Royal family made great efforts during and after the war to ascertain their fate. The main characters in this film are Captain Frank Beck (David Jason), his two nephews who are lieutenants in the company, a Sergeant Grimes, King George V and Queen Alexandra. Beck is the main focus, as the fifty-plus estate manager who organizes and prepares the unit for war; rather than appearing as an odious "Colonel Blimp" type character, Jason wonderfully portrays Beck as a trusted father figure in the unit, respected by both the King and the troops. Much of the early part of the film focuses on the lives of the men while on the estate, and Beck's efforts to go to war with them despite his age.Read more ›
A gripping story of nineteenth century values exposed to the horrors of twentieth century combat
The legend of the Sandringham soldiers has it that a mist descended on them as the marched into battle and that they were never seen again. This actually shows the reality of battle, the distinct lack of glory and the shambolic reconnaisance which leads in turn to the inevitable result.
As the drama unfolds, we are introduced to the characters and have enough time to get used to them and start to understand and like them.
If war films are not your thing, believe me, this is very different. Worth a watch, especially the ever-dependable David Jason.
I thought that the movie did a good job. The costumes were of the period, the characters were believable, and there was a wonderfully poignant juxaposition of the bewilderment of the families back in England and the hard realities of battle at Gallipoli. There was also a heartbreaking touch during the scene in which the commander is reading one of Rupert Brooke's 1914 sonnets to his men "If I should die, think only this of me...." then the movie continues with the brutality of the war. Far more Sigfried Sassoon than Rupert Brooke, but Brooke illustrated the naivite that still existed at the time (Brooke too died en route to Gallipoli). I highly recommend this movie. If you are looking for another World War I movie, I also recommend "Gallipoli", starring a very young Mel Gibson.
Captain Frank Beck was a real person, and I was brought up with the story about him, as his 3rd daughter was my grandmother.
I feel it shows his nephews as quite pathetic characters but in fact they were very brave men(as were a lot of soldiers of their time) and they were later decorated with military crosses although sadly none of them survived the war.
As fiction its ok as fact, take it with a pinch of salt-loosely based on fact
David Jason did a much better job than I expected from an actor more known for comedy
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I really liked this movie about World War I when I saw it on PBS some years ago. The music especially, with its allusion to a pocket watch ticking, was very moving. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wise Thrush
The film portrays the British class-based society and strict ethos of the 1910s in an excellent way but it doesn't give any clear answers regarding the mystery of the "lost... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dimitrios
This came with the European region code and cannot be played on US DVD players, so it seems useless here.Published 21 months ago by Aurel Goodwin
The most haunting war film I have ever seen. Ranks right up there with Kubrick's "Paths of Glory."Published 23 months ago by thepace
Great historical movie with much information regarding how people felt prior to and during WW1. The classes were well described and so were the morals and initiatives. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Chris
The ratings I assign to a movie are based on environment. Another person might have a different opinion. Thats why there is freedom of choice.Published on February 26, 2013 by reviews 4 free
A great movie for the WW1 buff or anyone who wants to learn more about the soldiers who fought in WW1.Published on January 30, 2013 by Gene D. Feeney
Stellar cast and meticulous care given to period costumes and speech, as one would expect from a BBC production like this.Published on January 27, 2013 by Patrick Nugent
THIS MOVIE WAS WELL MADE AND COVERED THE WAY OF REPORTING OF THE "PERIOD" ESPECIALLY WHEN WAR NEWS WAS BEING COVERED WITHOUT SHOWING THE HOME FOLK HOW TERRIBLE LOSSES COULD BE -... Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by MOVIEJUNKY