The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion)

Carol Reed directed this WWII classic about an army officer (Niven) who whips up a unit of motley young British recruits who learn to become soldiers and develop into a crack squad to face Rommel’s North Africa Korps.

About This Film

Carol Reed’s lump-in-the-throat, flag-waver still packs a powerful punch and his semi-documentary technique provides a realistic grittiness to the on screen action. A highly talented cast moves this impressive wartime story on, as we observe a motley crew of young recruits, as they learn to become soldiers, through to the end of the film when they must prove themselves against the enemy. Film debut of Trevor Howard. Originally released in the U.S. in a shortened, more serious version titled “The Immortal Battalion”.

1944 | 115 min | B&W | Optional English Subtitles | 1.33:1/4×3 | Dolby Digital | Region 1 | NR

Special Features:

  • “Battle of the Desert”, an episode from the Big Battles Series
  • Photo Gallery
    Review – “Exhilarating wartime British film showing how disparate civilians come to work together as a fighting unit; full of spirit and charm, with an outstanding cast, and fine script by Peter Ustinov and Eric Ambler.” – Leonard Maltin


David Niven, Stanley Holloway, James Donald, John Laurie, Leslie Dwyer, Hugh Burden, Jimmy Hanley, William Hartnell, Trevor Howard

Directed by

Carol Reed

“The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion)”

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