Approved | | Drama, War
World War II drama that follows a group of British draftees, starting with their rigorous basic training, and ending with their deployment in North Africa.
Sir Peter Ustinov, who wrote this movie and played the Anglophobic café owner Rispoli, was only a private in the British Army, so to explain his presence on-set to visiting senior officers, he was said to be Major David Niven's "batman" (officer's servant, a kind of military valet). Ustinov served with the British Army Film Unit for most of the war.
Pvt. Ted Brewer:
Only one good man ever got into Parliament.
Pvt. Herbert Davenport: Oh really? Who?
Pvt. Ted Brewer: Bleedin' Guy Fawkes.
Following some energetic army training, Private Bill Parsons is seen sitting on the grass at the top of a cliff, with his colleagues, exhausted. However, the action then cuts to him being helped up the cliff.
Opening credits prologue: MARCH 1939
When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1986 when the film was granted a 'U' certificate for home video.
English, French, German
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