The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion) 1945

The Way Ahead

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Put in charge of a group of disgruntled British soldiers in the midst of World War II, Lt. Jim Perry (David Niven) tries to find a way to both train and unite the men. While Sgt. Fletcher (Billy Hartnell) attempts to take a forceful approach with the troops, Perry looks for the right mix of his own gentle temperament and the demands of a leader. When the soldiers eventually find themselves in Africa facing General Rommel's impressive forces, they must find a way to fight together.

Cast & Crew

David Niven
Lieutenant Jim Perry
Stanley Holloway
Pvt. Ted Brewer
Raymond Huntley
Pvt. Herbert Davenport
James Donald
Pvt. Evans Lloyd
Leslie Dwyer
Pvt. Sid Beck
Hugh Burden
Pvt. Bill Parsons
Jimmy Hanley
Pvt. Geoffrey Stainer
William Hartnell
Sgt. Ned Fletcher
Reginald Tate
The Training Company Commanding Officer
Eric Ambler
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Peter Ustinov
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Critic Reviews for The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion)

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  • Aug 15, 2018
    Quite possibly the best David Niven film ever, this World War II propaganda piece from Britain features solid performances from a worthy cast of character actors of the era, resentful of the army at first for its encroachment into the freedom of their civilian lives but growing into a competent troop of soldiers itchy for combat. I've seen American films like this and it was nice to compare the two. There is no bloodshed throughout the film and of course it ends heroically. In all this is a rousing feature for the boys at home.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2011
    Excellent performance by David Niven. The movie kept my interest. I've seen it all before--the ragtag bunch of draftees becomes a top flight fighting unit. It's good, but I doubt I'll watch it again. This was made during WWII so that gives it a slightly different edge.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2009
    as i'm not too familiar with the actors of this period except for slightly with david niven i feel i can't comment on them too much. i noticed the chap who plays the undertaker in dads army was in it. the film itself was a bit of a character study of each of the D.O.G.S. and about the build up to them seeing some action. well thought out and well executed. also much better than one of the later carol reed films "our man in havana" which i've seen
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