The Trench (1999)

The Trench


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This dramatization of the 48 hours leading up to the Battle of the Somme in 1916 underscores the bitter loss of innocence of a group of idealistic young men, including 17-year-old Billy Macfarlane who's enlisted in order to be with his older brother, Eddie. But Eddie's sent home after being wounded, leaving his innocent brother behind to face the slow, inevitable countdown to the bloodiest massacre in British military history.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Boyd
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On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
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as Victor Dell

as Colin Daventry

as Eddie Macfarlane

as Pte. Horace Beckwith

as George Hogg

as Colonel Villiers

as Charlie Ambrose

as Rag Rookwood

as Cornwallis

as James Dennis

as Dieter

as Horace Beckwith

as Harold Faithfull

as Maria Corrigan

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Critic Reviews for The Trench

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 24, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

atmospheric and uneven

July 11, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Loaded with soggy, overused war movie cliches.

July 27, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Full Review… | February 4, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Trench


Well made but overly soapy WWI drama featuring the usual mix of niave young recruits, hardened veterans and foppish officers who bond/squabble until the inevitable anti-war based conclusion.

xGary Xx

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