• The Trench (1999)

The Trench

Release Date: 1999

DVD Release Date: March 18th, 2003

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

On the eve of a massive battle with the Germans, Sgt. Telford Winter (Daniel Craig) oversees a company of British soldiers too young and naive to be properly terrified of their coming mission. Prominent among the recruits is Billy Macfarlane (Paul Nicholls), a patriotic teenager who struggles to reconcile his homesickness with his sense of duty. Meanwhile, their commanding officer, Lt. Ellis Harte (Julian Rhind-Tutt), squirrels himself away in his tent sipping brandy and reading poetry.

Cast: Paul Nicholls, Daniel Craig, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Danny Dyer, James D'Arcy, Tam Williams, Anthony Strachan, Ciaran McMenamin

Director: William Boyd

Genres: War , Historical drama

Production Co: Arts Council of England, Blue PM, Bonaparte Films Ltd., Le Studio Canal +

Keywords: Tense, France, Soldier, Growing up, Deception, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    By the time they're ready to leave their trench, we're not at all ready to see them go.

  • 50
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    The acting is solid, but Tony Pierce-Roberts's unimaginative camera work falls short of his highest standard. show more

  • 50
    Jonathan ForemanNew York Post

    There isn't a line you haven't heard or a stock character you haven't encountered before.

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