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Private Tom Beddoes (Brian Stirner) is a delicate, unprepossessing young man who gets called to join the British army during World War II. With the Blitz on, he leaves home for training camp and, while not an exceptional soldier, is nevertheless toughened up a bit. Once out, he quietly endures the tedious shuffle of military life and even manages to meet a nice girl (Julie Neesam) while on leave. His happiness is alloyed, however, when he learns he's been chosen for the D-Day invasion.

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  • Feb 04, 2009
    WWII through the eyes of an average, somewhat inept British foot soldier. Director Stuart Cooper effectively interlaces real war footage with scenes of the infantryman's more mundane daily routines. We get to know the character by vicariously sharing his hardship and even witnessing his frequent daydreams. Though released in 1975, this has an even older feel to it. A nice combination of post-war sensibility anchored deep in 1944's harsh reality. Definitely a film that warrants more discussion and deserves much more recognition.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2008
    An interesting premise. The period leading up to D-Day through the eyes of a young soldier, mixed with actual newsreel footage in between. I've always found anything to do with World World Two interesting so I thought the pieces of newsreel were fascinating. At times it's pretty hard to tell what is archive and what has been filmed especially for the film because they have done such a good job in recreating the style of the archive footage. The only downside is that I felt at times the narrative parts were a bit flat at times, with an unimpressive script and it took a while to get going. Considering the subject matter it's unsurprisingly not a feel good movie. Overall though, a very moving, and thought provoking film.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2008
    Clever interweaving of fictional story and archival footage which works better as a documentary than a drama.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]"Overlord" is a haunting and moving film about a dutiful but not gung-ho young English soldier, Tom Beddoes(Brian Stirner), who is followed through training to D-Day during World War II. Throughout he feels overwhelmed by events and unlike his fellow soldiers is not optimistic about his chances for survival. This makes him sad when he considers how little how he has lived, especially with how much potentially he could accomplish.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Crisply shot in black and white, "Overlord" is enhanced by the use of archival footage which is quite a treat by itself.(Thankfully none of it is familiar enough to be considered cliche.) When not used as backgroud material, some of it is also used in Tom's dream sequences to help express his doubts. [/font]
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