In this stirring anti-war film set during WWI, a tough, no-nonsense British Army lawyer (Dick Bogarde) is assigned to defend a lowly private (Tom Courtenay) at his court martial. The private has been accused of desertion during battle. The lawyer, Captain Hargreaves is convinced this young man should be executed. However, as the trial progresses and the strain of three horrible years endured at the Allied front is revealed, the more he is compelled to spare the youth from a firing squad.
1964 | 86 min | B&W | Optional English Subtitles | 1.66:1/16×9 | Dolby Digital | All Region | NR
“∗∗∗1/2 Vivid anti-war treatise beautifully acted by strong supporting cast.” – Leonard Maltin
“… outstanding performances… deserving of attention.” – Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News
“… deadly tones of realism… A Shocker!” – Judith Crist, New York Herald Tribune
“Too important and too rewarding a film to be missed” – Guardian
Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtney, Leo McKern, Barry Foster, Peter CopleyDirected by