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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slaroche
Apr 05, 2021

3.5* A good movie. Based on a true event.

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Hopalong_Kid
Mar 25, 2021

Pretty exciting movie with non-stop action with a provocative view of a day in the life of a soldier on the front lines of WWI.

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akirakato
Mar 20, 2021

A profoundly moving anti-war film with a staggering and impressive work of filmmaking.

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mrbeowulf
Mar 08, 2021

RE: Excellent Movie About WWI--I liked this movie so much that I watched it about four times. This movie is about two soldiers --Schofield and Blake. They are soldier messengers from the British 8th division. These two soldiers need to relay a message to the British forces on the front line not to attack the Germans. In 1917, the British did not have the internet or the cell phone yet. So, Schofield and Blake have to physically walk and relay the written message orders into the treacherous war zone along the front line.*******************************
There were two parts of the movie that I liked tremendous. First, Schofield meets a French woman and a new born baby girl. In this scene, Schofield recites some poetry about the Jumblies. He also gives food and milk for the baby. The second scene that I like deals with a soldier that sings a song called I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger. I will go ahead and post that song in this forum in the next box below these comments.******************************
I felt my time was well spent watching this movie for several reasons. I learned about trench warfare during WWI. I discovered new poetry and music as well. This movie reminded me of the movie called Saving Private Ryan.

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Shuken_1989
Mar 02, 2021

"1917" is a film directed by British director Sam Mendes and based on the recollections of his paternal grandfather Alfred Hubert Mendes recollections and short stories. The movie is an dramatic take on Operation Alberich when the German line was strategically withdrawn leading to the British Army as misinterpreting the retreat as a full withdrawal. This leads to the British units in the area advancing into a trap laid by the Germans. This is where Mendes's two main characters lance corporals Schofield and Blake enter the story. Tasked with delivering an order for units in the area to stand down and not pursue the Germans. The drama comes from the fact that Schofield and Blake have less than 24 hours to deliver the message and prevent their cohorts from stepping into a ambush. The film follows Schofield and Blake as they make their way across the French countryside. The film is ultimately low on action but high on drama, the film is a traditional war film but it eschews the violent set piece battles for the higher emotional drama of Schofield and Blake. Aside from the drama, the film does a great job capturing the zeitgeist and anxiety of the war, the emotional investment of the main characters in one another and their mission. The uniforms and sets are also spot on. I highly recommend this film.

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SkyHook
Feb 27, 2021

Brilliant production and amazing how it glued me to the screen with such a simple message, a road trip quest about the insanity of war and survivor regret.

The craftsmanship marks this as a director's movie with a spartan script, amazing camera work, and the most impressive expansion and compression of time and space I've ever watched. The camera eye was seamless and never skipped a beat over a full range of calm to action, perspective jumps, lighting and distance extremes, even wet versus dry. You're never left wondering what's happening or where you are; it felt like the entire story evolved inside your head because you were there. The sets oozed detail and I believe everything not handled or human was full CG, but at the time I questioned nothing. Not once did I get that gut feeling that I just watched digital pablum, but many scenes had to be full CG based on circumstance. The entire movie could have been spoiled by a single frame of James Bond surfing a slushy tidal wave with the mouse cursor in-frame, but don't hold your breath because it never happens.

I suspect a worn and dirty world appearance is hard to replicate virtually, but my awe was on a level that reminded me of seeing the original Star Wars at a theatre. I saw a couple of period and technical glitches, but they were debatable esoteric nerd stuff that didn't change the telling. The worst part about this film was my fascination, feeling more like a film club viewing than enjoying a major release, but I think any missing emotional introspection was well compensated for with an overwhelming visual experience. Please read the low ratings here carefully as they're true; you'll hate this film if your idea of a good movie is Hollywood stars, witty quips, car chases, shootouts, and the hero gets the girl.

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franzkafka
Feb 17, 2021

Military guy gets sent on an odyssey of a mission to rein in a rogue Colonel. Along the way he encounters 'The Horror, The Horror' of War. Seems familiar. Oh yes, it's derivative of "Apocalypse Now" and the book "Heart of Darkness" by Josef Conrad. I must vehemently disagree with Ambroz789. This is a sorry mess of a film. Not even appearances by fine actors Colin Firth (the General) or Benedict Cumberbatch (the Colonel) could help.

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Ambroz789
Feb 10, 2021

The negative comments on this movie reinforce my belief that the world is filled with stupid people. It's a great movie, not boring, maybe not completely historically accurate but the story is compelling and the acting is great. God I fucking hate stupid people.

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tuffduff
Feb 10, 2021

This film was intentionally shot with a gimmick outlook: To keep the viewer in the same terrain as the two principle characters in what appears to be [ except for one blackout ] ONE CONTINUOUS SHOT with amazing camerawork. Big-scale production delivers a " YOU ARE THERE " vibe like few others. Whether this is a virtue or deterent is up to you.

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VicWhy
Jan 28, 2021

Great story and movie. Amazing recreation of the horrible conditions that WWI soldiers were routinely exposed to. The depiction of trench life was especially revealing. Poor bastards!

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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

Jbooks7 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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UnilaK_26
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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