Starring: Harry Andrews, Ben Aris, Jill Bennett, Peter Bowies, Leo Britt, Helen Cherry, Christopher Chittell, Ambrose Coghill, Howard Marion-Crawford, Christopher Cunningham, Mark Dignam, Alan Dobie, Georges Douking, Clive Endersby, Andrew Faulds, John Gielgud, John Hallam, Barbara Hicks, Trevor Howard, Rachel Kempson, T.P. McKenna, Declan Mulhollan
Director: Tony Richardson
DVD, PG-13, 131 minutes, MGM Home Entertainment
During the ill-fated charge of British troops at Balaclava in the Crimean War, loyal soldiers who blindly followed orders were led to certain death. This is the fifth time the story has been told on film, but the actual event is an afterthought to the main plot. Snobbish aristocrats and ineffectual politicos combine with pompous blue-bloods to make decisions affecting 600 men thousands of miles away. A decidedly anti-war and satirical slant is presented, as inept generals stand knee-deep in bodies, each blaming the other for the fiasco. Vividly underscored here is the fanaticism, dedication, and blind loyalty which caused the total annihilation of hundreds of soldiers. This 5-million-dollar epic film recouped only 1 million after the initial release, leaving critics to compare the real-life disaster with the financial one suffered by the producers. Trevor Howard, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave head the excellent cast. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi.
Original theatrical trailer, English mono, French mono, English, French & Spanish language subtitles.
Original theatrical trailer English mono French mono English, French & Spanish language subtitles.
|Run Time (in minutes):||131 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Dolby Digital Mono|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.3|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||0.7 x 5.5 x 7.8|
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