1917

1917

DVD - 2020 | Widescreen version
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At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers, Blake's own brother among them.

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It's a war movie, but not as violent as other war movies. It helps you gain perspective on what trench warfare in Europe was like during WWI. Recommended by Esther L.

Via superb editing and amazing cinematography, this epic WWI drama looks like one long take, immersing the viewer into the middle of the war and immediacy of the narrative. Two British soldiers must cross through no-man's-land and enemy territory to deliver a message ordering a colonel to stand d... Read More »


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Raynam
Jan 17, 2021

Very boring,very depressing,way to long.If this is a true story they should have presented it with more depth less trenches.

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Courier2003
Jan 09, 2021

Way too long with 200 minutes. I seen the compass used once. How did the lance corporal have any idea which direction to follow with all the obstacles he had to over come. If there is any truth to the story the soldier should have earned British Medal of Honor.

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movie20
Jan 07, 2021

The cinematograhy is very good. The story not as good, but I liked the movie.

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Annieoywong
Jan 02, 2021

An excellent WWI movie about a brave and responsible British solider. Beautiful cinematography. Highly recommended.

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MICHAEL JAMES
Dec 31, 2020

The film is typical of the British tendency to attempt epic war stories on the cheap. The grimness of trench warfare is reduced here to a gallivant through mud infested fields or a ruined village. Moreover, the story lacks not just in detail but also in historical accuracy, mainly a revisionist version of events with a politically correct slant. Soldiers of colour wander across the screen with a regularity not reflective of the British Army in Flanders. Sikhs were not sequestered with British troops and Black soldiers were very few and far between outside of regiments raised in the colonies. It is also worth noting that WWI airmen clung on to a pretense of chivalry: they were not do or die fanatics -- even German pilots obeyed the rules of gallantry.

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21221018293347
Dec 22, 2020

The tragedy of war. Another war story out of the ordinary. What I enjoyed the most was 'the making of' the movie and the new techniques in the filming of sequences.

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Jbooks7
Dec 19, 2020

I liked the movie, but I feel it could've been a lot better because I felt like it ended without really finishing the story. When the movie ended, I was thinking that's it? I felt like a lot more could've been added at the end to help complete the story.

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Mr_Bounds47
Dec 18, 2020

This is literally the most boring and sleep inducing "Military Industrial Complex" recruitment celluloid i have ever seen to date,period.The most shocking thing about what I just said,is the fact that Sam Mendes supervised films are usually not boring at all,period.This is the bottom of the barrel for director Sam Mendes's career,period.Instantly forgettable!!!!!!

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Loge99
Dec 18, 2020

I agree with Howeshound...Cliche storyline, average acting, and much better films than this. Cinematography was the best part...bleak though the landscape was. The song and singer in the woods was a bit pathetic...stuck in too provide contrast to the pace of attack which followed. Many of the events that happened on route felt like affectations. No plot...a string of events.

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howeshound
Dec 13, 2020

Five stars for special effects and technical wizardry. Three stars for direction, although Mendes can do far better than this. Three stars for acting, not bad not great. Two stars for script, a standard war film churn-out. No stars for plot. There isn't one. It's essentially a documentary with an uninspired narrative. If you want WW1 with a story line read Robert Graves' "Goodbye to all that" or Erich Maria Remarque's "All quiet on the Western Front". AJP Taylor's "The First World War: an illustrated history" is far better-written, more entertaining, less predictable, than this film.

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jimg2000
Aug 19, 2020

(Schofield sang to a baby girl to the poem The Jumblies By Edward Lear; sieve is a boat that floats called the coracle)

They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day,
In a Sieve they went to sea!
And when the Sieve turned round and round,
And every one cried, ‘You’ll all be drowned!’
They called aloud, ‘Our Sieve ain’t big,
But we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig!
In a Sieve we’ll go to sea!’
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

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jimg2000
Aug 19, 2020

The mission:

As a parting gift, the enemy cut all our telephone lines. Your orders are to get to the 2nd at Croisilles Wood, one mile southeast of the town of Écoust. Deliver this to Colonel Mackenzie.
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Leave immediately. Take this trench west up on Sauchiehall Street, then northwest on Paradise Alley at the front. Continue along the front line
until you find the Yorks. Give this note to Major Stevenson. He's holding the line at the shortest span of no-man's-land. You'll cross there.
-It'll be daylight, sir. They'll see us.
There's no need to be concerned. You should meet no resistance.
-Sir, is... is it just us?
"Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone."

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jimg2000
Aug 19, 2020

Erinmore's never seen no-man's-land. We won't make it ten yards.
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I-I didn't know what I was picking you for. I thought they were going to
send us back up the line or for food or something. I thought it was going to be something easy.
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I hoped today might be a good day. Hope is a dangerous thing. That's it for now, and then next week, command will send a different message. "Attack at dawn." There is only one way this war ends. Last man standing.
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If I may, I'd like to write to your mother. Tell her that Tom wasn't alone.
-Of course.
He was... He was a good man. Always telling funny stories.

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"They're walking into a trap. Your orders are to deliver a message calling off tomorrow morning's attack. If you fail, it will be a massacre."

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dmasterson
May 11, 2020

"I hoped today would be a good day. Hope is a dangerous thing."

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Jbooks7
Dec 19, 2020

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Aug 04, 2020

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Jan 20, 2020

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Jbooks7
Dec 30, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Dead bodies, People badly injured

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Jbooks7
Dec 30, 2020

Violence: War violence, People getting killed

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I didn't notice there were dead bodies I said in theatres and now on DVD I didn't notice them either. In theatres I thought he was crying because someone died but my brother said it's because he's exhausted. 7, 13 I heard at home but he said seven platoon. My brother later said that the actor who played Colonel Mackenzie was the voice of the Grinch in the 2018 film. He said that during the credits. We watched The Grinch in theatres too. I said in theatres I forgot that he had the rings when he gave it to the other man.

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