Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom, 1964. B.H.E. Productions. Story by J.L. Hodson, Screenplay by Evan Jones, based on the play Hamp by John Wilson. Cinematography by Denys N. Coop. Produced by Joseph Losey, Norman Priggen. Music by Larry Adler. Production Design by Richard Macdonald. Costume Design by Roy Ponting. Film Editing by Reginald Mills.
Tom Courtenay plays a World War I soldier who goes for a walk after being the sole survivor of a bloody battle that wipes out his company, then is court-martialed for desertion with haughty officer Dirk Bogarde as his defence. The political nature of working-class Brits being sent to the slaughter for the benefit of a heartless aristocracy is examined in this solid, compelling drama that benefits from exceptional performances and solid dialogue. A thought-provoking, strong anti-war statement.
Venice Film Festival Award: Best Actor (Tom Courtenay)