1917

2019, History/War, 1h 59m

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Hard-hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy. Read critic reviews

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During World War I, two British soldiers -- Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake -- receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades -- including Blake's own brother.

Cast & Crew

George MacKay
Lance Corporal Schofield
Dean-Charles Chapman
Lance Corporal Blake
Mark Strong
Captain Smith
Andrew Scott
Lieutenant Leslie
Richard Madden
Lieutenant Joseph Blake
Colin Firth
General Erinmore
Benedict Cumberbatch
Colonel Mackenzie
Daniel Mays
Sergeant Sanders
Jamie Parker
Lieutenant Richards
Nabhaan Rizwan
Sepoy Jondalar
Pip Carter
Lieutenant Gordon
Andy Apollo
Sergeant Miller
Paul Tinto
NCO Baker
Josef Davies
Private Stokes
Gabriel Akuwudike
Private Buchanan
Spike Leighton
Private Kilgour
Robert Maaser
German Pilot
Sam Mendes
Screenwriter
Jayne-Ann Tenggren
Producer
Jeb Brody
Executive Producer
Oleg Petrov
Executive Producer
Ignacio Salazar-Simpson
Executive Producer
Ricardo Marco Budé
Executive Producer
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Lee Smith
Film Editor
Thomas Newman
Original Music
Dennis Gassner
Production Design
Niall Moroney
Supervising Art Direction
Lee Sandales
Set Decoration
Jacqueline Durran
Costume Designer
David Crossman
Costume Designer
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  • Dec 03, 2020
    It works as a tense set piece machine but I'm not convinced there is anything more profound going on here.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2020
    An epic visual masterpiece of the often ignored (at least in this generation) horror of World War I.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2020
    Really a phenomenal achievement wherein a large scale film is based, au contraire, on a simple story: two soldiers during WW1 travel behind enemy lines to deliver a message. What's remarkable is the total immersion into the year 1917, particularly with the performances of the lead actors, conveying the thought processes of what's termed nowadays as "simpler times". Mendes has created a soaring work as well as a historical document encapsulating a different time.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2020
    There was a lot of hype surrounding this film on release, and it lives up to those expectations. Sam Mendes teams with Deakins to create a non stop thriller set in 1917. Technically speaking, this film is incredible to watch. The journey throughout the war torn country side is unsettling to watch, and those long takes pay off. 1917 always had an ambitious uphill battle, but I'm happy to say it is all worth it. The relatively unknown leads are surrounded by strong character actors in support. This is much in line with Dunkirk, with both Mendes and Nolan rising to fame in the same era. I'm happy this wasn't the best picture for 2019, I feel Parasite was the correct choice, but this is still a great film, just not an instant classic. Time will tell with this and maybe you'll find me eating my words in 10 years time. 24/03/2020
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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