Charge of the Light Brigade Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ July 4, 2009
One of Errol's early films in a time when shooting wild cats or even pretending to was seen as fine and displayed with glee. I was surprised how much of the film is quite dark to be honest, the massacre at Chukoti (made up) is not bloody of course but its pretty graphic as is the final charge where horses are clearly throw all over the place (200 actual horses were killed during filming). The stunt men must have earned their pay, yikes!!

Yes an earlier time for sure, animal rights stepped in to halt filming with the horrendous horse massacre on location but the fact they still got away with it and were able to even start shows a different attitude which does cast a nasty spell over this film. The final charge sequence is very good for a film of the this time but its clear where horses have died for the screen, impressive stunts and action but is it worth it??

As for the film its pretty dull throughout, much loving between Havilland and Knowles, much war talk with Flynn and plenty of the 'stiff upper lip old boy'. The usual contracted players as mentioned, they all go well together and shows why Warner stuck them together for many more pictures. Despite the fictional sub plots and characters this does play well if you can take all the talking, as with modern films you are waiting for the final big push and charge. This is where it gets more exciting and our swashbuckling hero Errol begins to shine...but not for long.

Looks good, great garrison sets (actually built for real) amid the scorching heat, costumes are superb as expected and acting is solid from all the cast with solid direction from Warner stalwart Curtiz, its just a bit boring to be honest.
Super Reviewer
½ October 20, 2010
First of all, movies like these are super boring, and this one is no exception. Of course there is a good cast, but I wasn't impressed by any of their performances enough to like the movie. The only good thing is that I learned about a war I'd never heard of before.
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Super Reviewer
January 22, 2010
A good entry for Errol and Olivia even if they are not paired romantically. Dodge City is still their best but this has well done action scenes and a fine supporting cast with Spring Byington making something enjoyable out of a nothing part.
July 21, 2014
Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

This movie is another teaming up of director Michael Curtiz, Errol Flynn, and Olivia de Havilland. Max Steiner's soundtrack was welcome, who has become a staple with Warner Brothers movies. Errol Flynn writes about the many horses that died due to the trip cords in this movie, including one of the stunt men.

Loosely based on Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, it has very little to do with the factual accounts of the massacre of the 27th Lancers. If you wanted a factual account, watch the 1968 version with David Hemmings and Vannessa Redgrave. However, if you would prefer a movie with more action, romance, as well as a memorable camel toe of Errol Flynn, this is the movie to watch.

Most of this movie is placed in British-held India, with a romantic triangle between Major Geoffrey Vickers (Flynn), Elsa Campbell (de Havilland) and his brother, Captain Perry Vickers (Patric Knowles). While Geoffrey was away, his fiancÚ and brother were falling in love with each other to the discust of Elsa's father Colonel Campbell (Donald Crisp). Poor Geoffrey is the go-to guy when it comes to political intrigue and is constantly being sent off on other adventures.

It's in India that we meet the evil Surat Khan (C. Henry Gordon) who has been shunned by Queen Victoria and aligns himself with the Russians, who will be at war with the British. It was his men who killed British men, women and children at Chukoti, making Geoffrey promise revenge in the Crimea.
March 24, 2012
Errol Flynn - you just can't beat it. This one is more serious than his later pictures, coming just after his early shows. The uniforms are striking and dashing, the military bearing, always attractive. The story follows English soldiers in India before the famed and failed Charge of the Light Brigade. History is sweeping at the start; midway, the story buckles down and gets moving at a great pace, riding towards the end and the culmination of conflicts. A love triangle (with Olivia de Havilland) was incorporated into the tale to give unity to the sprawling years, and the scar between brothers (Flynn and Patric Knowles) was touching. The history is skewed incredibly, offering hope of purpose to the fated Charge and giving noble motive of retribution to their decision. But, still, the story was moving all the same, and Flynn, as charming as ever.
July 26, 2009
One of my faves. Once again, history is played with fairly loosely, but the last battle sequence, which killed a couple of horses I believe, is worth the price of admission.
½ March 9, 2009
Charge of the Light Brigade- The real reason I saw this movie *cackles* was because of Patric Knowles. He was a wonderful actor, but did not receive the acknowledgment and fame that I would have him have. It was a nice change to see Olivia's character in love with someone beside Errol Flynn's character.
April 4, 2008
Patric Knowles has the award winning performance and this is what the five stars is for. I loved it that she (Olivia's charactor) and Patric Knowles character are in love.
December 27, 2007
Although hundreds of poor horses were killed in the filming and the treatment of the animals in general was apparently rather bad, it's a good movie.
½ October 20, 2010
Not bad as an adventure story, although it seems quite far away from the real history.
½ December 9, 2014
director michael curtiz had trip wires and explosives set on final charge many horses were injured and put down Flynn was opposed to this and had issues with curtiz after this.I would like more details if anyone knows thank you
½ July 14, 2013
Historically inaccurate piece of vanity, but I'm probably biased towards it as I only decided to watch it to see the real horse deaths.
½ July 13, 2012
LOVE the Flynn/Havilland combo.
½ July 1, 2011
[50/C-] A middling imperialistic melodrama punctuated by a rousing Max Steiner score and dozens of crippled and smashed horses, but otherwise far too impersonal and rote to really amount to an interesting work.

Moments of flickering entertainment are snuffed out in the rather silly jingo bombast and ahistorical goofery. Awfully dull considering the potent powers at work here. But may be worth your time if there's nothing else on and you really must watch something.
½ June 20, 2011
Great entertainment.
August 7, 2006
CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936)
April 29, 2011
***1/2 (out of four)

Exciting and well directed period drama based on the long poem by Alfred Lord Tennison about the British battle of the Crimean War.

While it is extremely well shot, the best part is the chemistry the notable stars Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland have with each other. They parlayed that on screen and off screen chemistry into many films.
½ June 2, 2008
An entertaining film, but nothing real special.
½ March 29, 2006
Great classic adventure film. The early teaming of Errol Flynn and olivia de Havilland is marvelous. A rousing score enhance some great action sequences. Stellar supporting cast. Fine cinematography and editing. Old fashioned fun.
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