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Lightning
Glasgow  UK
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Journey's End
11/22/2021 4:06:23 PM
Hi all,

I finally got around to watching the 2017 adaptation of the First World War play 'Journey's End', starring Sam Claflin, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones and Paul Bettany (and others). Set just prior to the German 'Spring Offensive' of 1918, it follows a company of British soldiers, mainly the officers, as they battle war fatigue, alcoholism and mental collapse as well as the German army.

It is an exceptional adaptation, with no small amount of emotional and pyschological trauma for the characters and the viewer. For those of you in the UK, it's currently available on BBC iPlayer. I'm not sure about international platforms, but I would urge anyone interested in the First World War to set aside the time to view it.

Cheers,

Colin
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Brian Grafton
Victoria BC Canada
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Journey's End
11/22/2021 9:55:09 PM
Colin, thanks for the heads-up. I believe I read Sherriff’s play some years ago. but have never seen it staged. Nor, until you mentioned it, had I heard of this adaptation.

So, again, thanks.

Cheers. And stay safe.
bg
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Wazza
Sydney  Australia
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Journey's End
11/22/2021 11:03:47 PM
It's a great film, low on action but its depiction of frontline trench life and the stress it entails is excellent and highly recommended viewing.
Phil Andrade
London  UK
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Journey's End
11/23/2021 3:01:35 AM
This production certainly strikes me as one of the more convincing depictions of the Great War that the big screen has offered in the last few years.

The small screen - and here I refer to the BBC - pitched an excellent version some decades back. I wonder if it was in the 1980s or 90s. This was excellent, and might well be worth a trawl through YouTube .

I’ll try and find out the details.

It might even be better than the big film, and that’s saying a lot.

Edit : Found it. Yes, YouTube .....1988, Michael Simpson Full Movie. I saw it on the small screen, and assumed it was a BBC production ,which might be wrong of me. Recommended.

Regards, Phil

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Lightning
Glasgow  UK
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Journey's End
11/23/2021 9:47:55 AM
Hi Phil,

I'll definitely check out that adaptation, much appreciated.

Cheers,

Colin
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"There is no course open to us but to fight it out. Every position must be held to the last man: there must be no retirement. With our backs to the wall and believing in the justice of our cause, each one of us must fight to the end."
Brian W
Atlanta GA USA
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Journey's End
11/23/2021 9:07:29 PM
The whole movie is free on Tubi. Requires no registration. Just skip it. "We're here because we're here". Always have loved that cadence.
Watching the movie now.

https://tubitv.com/movies/577111/journeys-end
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The trailer is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TavaOZG3jBw&t=46s
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