The Way Ahead (1944)

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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.



  • David Niven in The Way Ahead (1944)
  • David Niven in The Way Ahead (1944)
  • David Niven in The Way Ahead (1944)
  • David Niven in The Way Ahead (1944)
  • The Way Ahead (1944)
  • David Niven in The Way Ahead (1944)

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Carol Reed


Eric Ambler (original story), Eric Ambler (screen play), Peter Ustinov (screen play)


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7 April 2000 | c15ta
An Excellent and Unusual British Wartime Picture
THE WAY AHEAD is to some extent a cliche-driven movie, but given the timeframe of its production, I feel it portrays very well the mindset of the ordinary citizen of a country under extreme duress, as well as the tribulations of the many regiments being reconstituted as the war progressed seemingly forever. While it is difficult for us to imagine what it must have been like to live under the constant spectre of loss and possible defeat, even some understanding of the way things were for the British in 1944 will permit a casual viewer of THE WAY AHEAD to appreciate its positive message and the call-to-duty which it implies.

When compared against many of the similar American WW2 'propaganda' films, THE WAY AHEAD comes across as a down-to-earth story which I'm sure many could identify with at the time. For us, the 21st-century viewer, this movie is a welcome glimpse of the British perspective back then, unique in both plot and characterization compared to the more common U.S. fare of the period. In addition, it provides the enthusiast with dozens of rare snapshots of the use of unique British Commonwealth WW2 equipment.

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