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The Trench (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 17 September 1999 (UK)
A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War I, and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

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William Boyd

Writer:

William Boyd

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Nicholls ... Pte. Billy Macfarlane
Daniel Craig ... Sgt. Telford Winter
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... 2nd Lt. Ellis Harte
Danny Dyer ... Lance Cpl. Victor Dell
James D'Arcy ... Pte. Colin Daventry
Tam Williams Tam Williams ... Pte. Eddie Macfarlane
Antony Strachan ... Pte. Horace Beckwith (as Anthony Strachan)
Michael Moreland Michael Moreland ... Pte. George Hogg
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Lt. Col. Villiers
Ciarán McMenamin ... Pte. Charlie Ambrose
Cillian Murphy ... Rag Rookwood
John Higgins John Higgins ... Pte. Cornwallis
Ben Whishaw ... Pte. James Deamis
Tim Murphy Tim Murphy ... Pte. Bone
Danny Nutt ... Pte. Dieter Zimmermann
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A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War I, and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

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It is a place 8ft wide, 600 miles long, man-made and God-forsaken.

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Drama | History | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La Trinchera See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig appeared in Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), Layer Cake (2004), and Enduring Love (2004). See more »

Goofs

The shelling of German trenches and the nomansland before the actual attack was immense. First of all the shelling would have been deafening, secondly, the nomansland would have been a moon-like scenery full of craters and barbwire, not a nice meadow. See more »

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Title Card: In the high summer of 1916, in Northern France, the British Army prepared for the biggest offensive of the First World War. As hundreds of thousands of troops massed in the rear, waiting for the order to attack, a reduced force was put in place to hold the front line trenches.
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Bad language in the trenches - and mixed personnel in the platoons.
1 September 2007 | by stanistreet-2See all my reviews

My father served in both World Wars and I never heard him swear. If his meal was not on the table on time, he might say "Confound it..." or, if he hit an unexpected set-back, he might say "Blast". Yet, in his book, "A Long Long Way", Sebastian Barry's main characters, in the trenches in Belgium, swear almost continuously, using all three *bleep* words - f,s & c. He also pointed out that the platoons were made up of soldiers from the same regiments. I never heard my father talk about WW1. He won the MC and his citation refers to his "extreme bravery in the face of enemy fire". I would love to have had a chance to talk with him about the war, but it was never mentioned. He was invalided out with shell-shock and had a piece of shrapnel lodged somewhere - again I was never told the precise location. Such was the tight lip attitude of serving officers who survived the trenches. Surprisingly, after a brief spell in the Civil Service, he re-joined the Army and served in India. Because he spoke fluent French & German, having spent a year at school in, of all places, Belgium, he was recalled sometime later & served on General de Gaulle's staff in London, doing liaison work with the French underground. We moved to Ireland, in 1948, where he spent the rest of his days. Quite recently an old friend of his, Cecil Lidell was mentioned in an article about his brother, Guy Lidell, a spy master.I remember Lidell, whom we called Little Cecil, and I also recall John Betjeman calling. He was interested in church architecture & the three of them use to visit a local Anglican church. William Boyd, possibly the best writer in the English language today, when discussing his latest novel "Restless" posed the question of what one might do if one found out that one's father had been a spy. I can only wonder! Particularly as my parents played bridge with both the Polish & Belgium ambassadors, who were neighbours. (Ireland's PM, Mr. de Valera, was regarded with suspicion by the British, particularly when he signed the Book of Condolences, at the German Embassy in Dublin, when Hitler committed suicide). Lots of local material for a spy? Alas, I shall never know, but I could always try and write a fictional story, just as William Boyd did. Some of the material is there. Such is the stuff of dreams.


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