Tunes of Glory (1960)

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Two excellent actors shine in powerful roles in this drama by Ronald Neame that pits one Scottish army colonel against another. Alec Guinness is Lt. Col. Jock Sinclair, a man who temporarily takes over command of a regiment until his replacement, Col. Basil Barrow (John Mills) arrives. Sinclair comes from the lower echelons of the social order but was at least able to work himself up the echelons in the military hierarchy. He is fairly well-liked though still a little rough around the edges for some. When Barrow takes over, the two men clash almost at once. Barrow is from the upper crust, went to all the "right" schools, and believes in discipline and then a little more discipline, as well as efficient and proper bureaucratic processes. The differences between the two men threaten to rupture the unity of the regiment, especially after Sinclair assaults a soldier he finds in the company of his daughter. Barrow opts to report his behavior, leading to a climactic series of events.
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NR
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Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Alec Guinness
as Lt. Col. Jock Sinclair
John Mills
as Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
Dennis Price
as Maj. Charlie Scott
Susannah York
as Morag Sinclair
John Fraser
as Cpl. Piper Fraser
Kay Walsh
as Mary Titterington
Andrew Downie
as Cpl. Waiter
Keith Faulkner
as Piper Adam
Gerald Harper
as Maj. Hugo MacMillan
Gordon Jackson
as Capt. Jimmy Cairns
Donald Douglas
as Mess Waiter
Richard Leech
as Capt. Alec Rattray
John Mackenzie
as Pony Major
Duncan Macrae
as Piper Maj. MacLean
William Marlowe
as Lt. Rory
Peter McEnery
as Lt. David MacKinnon
David Webb
as Lt. Alistair
Lockwood West
as Provost
Paul Whitsun-Jones
as Maj. Dusty Miller
Allan Cuthbertson
as Capt. Eric Simpson
William Young
as Capt. Peter
Richard Rudd
as Lt. John
Don Douglas
as Mess Waiter
Barry Steele
as One of the other officers
John Barcroft
as One of the other officers
John Bown
as One of the other officers
Donald Douglas
as Mess Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Tunes of Glory

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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It reverts to sentimentality and never manages to get to anything significant.

Full Review… | April 6, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Every time you think you have a firm understanding of a character's personality, something totally logical occurs that completely changes that assessment.

July 21, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Tunes of Glory

½

A clever little gem, bolstered by two commanding performances. The results are unexpected yet awe-inspiring.

Brian Krause-Rivera
Brian Krause-Rivera

Alec Guinness eats scenery left and right and John Mills seeths on the sideline as two Scottish officers clash in a bloody war of the wills. At stake is an idea: what kind of Army, and by implication, what kind of civilisation do we have? One run by thugs acting like gentlemen, or one where gentlemen act like thugs? (Decide for yourself where you fit in the scheme of things while you watch) By no means just a two man show a regiment of supporting cast hold the flanks of this excellent, if old school, production. A must see if you've an interest in things military washed clean of propagandist rhetoric.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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