This is the sixth cinematic version of RC Sherriff’s 1928 play. Sam Claflin is Captain Stanhope, demoralized by years of combat, loss and alcohol. Paul Bettany plays his second in command, “Uncle” Osborne; patient, understanding and full of moral support. Asa Butterfield is Jimmy Raleigh, a brand-new officer who anticipates combat to be similar to a lawn party. In the days leading up to a pivotal battle, these men do their best to keep their company positive while waiting for a “surprise” attack. The acting and cinematography are very well done. You feel the cold, filth and utter desperation of the men in the trenches.
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.
|Principle Cast||Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield|
|Screenwriter||Simon Reade (screenplay), R.C. Sherriff (novel)|
|Run Time||107 minutes|
|Premier||Toronto International Film Festival 2017|