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The Charge of the Light Brigade

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Tony Richardson's revisionist version of the oft-filmed romance of empire stars Trevor Howard as the arrogant Lord Cardigan. In 1854, the leading officers of the British military seek an opportunity for military glory, Cardigan chief among them. He plans on taking a military force into the Crimean region of Turkey, with the ostensible purpose of protecting the Ottoman Empire from an invading Russian army. Lord Cardigan and his army set sail for Turkey, and, en route, he becomes involved in a dispute with Captain Nolan (David Hemmings), an officer recently returned from India who questions the actions of the high command. Despite substandard rations and a cholera epidemic, the British score a quick victory over Russian troops before its leaders fall into inertia and confusion. The nearly senile Lord Raglan (John Gielgud) temporizes while Cardigan is distracted by the charms of Miss Duberly (Jill Bennett), the paymaster's wife. When the Battle of Balaclava begins, the combination of pompous stupidity in Whitehall's state men and incompetent officers on the battlefield results in Cardigan's taking his fabled Light Brigade down the wrong valley and directly into the heart of the Russian artillery. A comment on America's involvement in Vietnam, Richardson's satire on military and political blundering features an excellent cast and exceptionally convincing battlefield photography by David Watkin.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1003427

  • Credits
    David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, John Gielgud, Arthur John Gielgud, Harry Andrews, Trevor Howard, Jill Bennett, Mark Burns
  • Critic Reviews
    "[C]ompelling."
    Uncut

    "There is plenty to savour here....The charge into the valley of death is brutal but handled with a flair worthy of David Lean."
    Sight and Sound

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Tony Richardson's satirical anti-war epic, skewering the deranged incompetence of Victorian society."
    Total Film

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