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My Boy Jack [DVD]

Daniel Radcliffe , David Haig    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, David Haig, Kim Cattrall
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VA3JGQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,603 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

It's 1914. Rudyard Kipling (David Haig from Four Weddings And A Funeral), the British Empire's greatest supporter, is at the peak of his literary fame. Kipling's son, Jack (Daniel Radcliffe from the Harry Potter films), is determined to play his part in the imminent war with Germany, but finds himself rejected due to his extremely poor eyesight. When his father uses his influence to land Jack a commission in the Irish Guards, Kipling’s wife, Caroline (Kim Cattrall from Sex And The City), is bitterly upset, failing to see the glory in losing her only son to the war.
As Jack leaves for war, Kipling consoles himself with the thought that if his son should die, it will have been his finest hour. But how would the great writer justify the consequences of his actions to himself and his wife? And how would he live with the conflict between his two greatest passions: a love for his family and a devotion to King and Country?

Special Features:
Exclusive intervews with Daniel Radcliffe, David Haig and Kim Cattrall and deleted scenes

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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Boy Jack 12 Nov 2007
David Haig has written an excellent play. Very moving. It is difficult for us to understand some of the attitudes of that time when, seemingly, the whole of Europe went to war rejoicing. The carnage was immense, the courage endless.

Daniel Radcliffe demonstrated this well with his sensitive portrayal of Jack.

I doubt Jack could have joined as a ranker. My grandfather tried to join up twice as a private soldier but was rejected on medical grounds. He had no-one to pull strings for him - otherwise I might not have been around to write this.

I do not believe that Daniel Radcliffe's acting career will be adversely affected by playing Harry Potter. Inevitably he will always be associated with the role but he is a very fine and capable actor. He comes across as a very fine young man.

Was all the sacrifce necessary? Ask yourself what Europe would have been like had the Kaiser won.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb example of TV drama well done 15 Nov 2007
I adored this drama and thought that all of the performances were excellent.

David Haig portrayed Kipling superbly and Kim Cattrall was astonishing as Carrie Kipling. Daniel Radcliffe also played Jack Kipling heartbreakingly well and showed what a brave, determined and scared young man Jack was. And Carey Mulligan is definitely a young actress to watch out for.

I was in tears by the end of the drama and really moved by the whole story and the tragic loss of so many in such a short space of time. I think it was a timely reminder to everyone what effect the loss of that generation of men had on the families they left behind.

Definitely one of the best dramas on television this year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never too late 15 Aug 2009
I was didappointed that I missed the original broadcast but I visited Bateman's this week and was inspired to buy the DVD as well as a Kipling biography.

I thought the DVD was excellent with maturely committed writing and acting. The essence was not the detail of the war but the impact on the parents whose attitude to parenting was a-typical of the period.

My only dcisappintment was that there was no reference to Kipling's future work for the Imperial War Graves Commission to ensure that the graves of the war dead were given every honour. The parental grief did yield positive dividends for the rest of us.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This film is unbelievably realistic and a far cry from the glamorized Hollywood Blockbuster. Although Radcliffe was in Harry Potter you will forget this within five minutes of the film. Its historical accuracy is superb and has one of the saddest endings in the world. Five out of Five.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word sums it up 11 Nov 2007

Thats all that needs to be said really a moving screen play that makes you think. I rate both Daniel Radcliff and David Haig but the best suprise was Kim Catteral as Jacks mother.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good!!! 20 Jan 2008
I had to watch this film at school and i thought in the beginning it was going to be just another boring war film. i thought it was going to be really bad to be honest but it was so good

Daniel Radcliff was a very good actor and the film was a pleasure to watch. 5 stars!!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and dramatic - loved it! 28 Dec 2007
By Lucy Felthouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
My Boy Jack is the moving true story of John 'Jack' Kipling, son of world-famous author Rudyard Kipling. Zealous war supporter Rudyard is eager to see his son go to war and play his part in protecting King and country. Jack is equally keen, and is devasted to be turned away from the Navy and the Army due to his appalling eyesight.

Incensed, his father uses his fame and influence to secure Jack a commission with the Irish Guards and after gruelling training, he is sent to France in charge of a Battalion. Jack is determined to let nothing stand in the way of him fighting, and already had his father write a letter giving him permission to be sent 'over the top' before his eighteenth birthday. However, fate dictates that Jack and his men go to fight the day after his birthday - horrendously outnumbered by German soldiers.

Sadly, Jack's family receive a telegram to say he has gone missing in battle, presumed wounded. Devastated, but never giving up hope, Jack's parents search for him, using all of Rudyard's military contacts, and interviewing returning soldiers. They slowly begin together pieces of the puzzle, and eventually a soldier from Jack's Battalion visits them. Unfortunately, he brings the news that Jack was in fact killed in battle. At eighteen years and one day old, John Kipling lost his life to German soldiers.

The family is thrown into turmoil, and Rudyard now has to question whether his support for the war was worth the life of his only son. Unfortunately it is too late, and the family must learn to cope without Jack.

Many people have questionned Daniel Radcliffe's acting abilities, but I think My Boy Jack will put those wagging tongues to rest.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Converted 23 Nov 2007
Initially I was dubious. Not about the story, the loss of Kiplings son has been the subject of much conjecture, but about the casting.

Let's take Radcliffe, as the most famous. I'm sure most of us have been less than impressed with his acting in HP, one of the major gripes of the film series. Then we have Haig, and in my ignorance I only know him as Inspector Grim in 'The Thin Blue Line', in which he was by far the funniest in it, and worth buying the series, just for him. But, I couldn't see him doing this kind of serious acting. In fact, when I first started watching the film, I found it hard not to chuckle at many of his expressions. As for Cattrall, I don't really know who she is.

Yet I was astonished by them all.

The well documented story goes that Kipling, a patriotic zealot, inspired a call to arms for many young British men. But his own son could not get into the Navy due to poor eyesight. Eventually his father, desperate for his son to play some part, wrangles a way into the army as an officer. In the Battle of Loos, the day after his birthday, he is sent over the top, with his ragtag soldiers. But then nothing is heard of him, prompting the Kipling family to desperately try and discover what happened to him.

As well as being a simply story, it is also a commentary, as all these films are, of the horrors of war, the desperate waste of so many people dragged into it, and the grieving of the loved ones, left at home, with no news. It also highlights the dangers of nationalism, especially when it is be used to encourage men to sacrifice themselves for a fruitless cause (something relevant today with ongoing military campaigns).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by arol black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good bargain
Published 12 days ago by ROBERT
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving with impressive performances by David Haig and Daniel Ratcliffe...
Moving with impressive performances by David Haig and Daniel Ratcliffe. So hard nowadays to understand the keenness to join up and serve in the army not just by Jack but by so many... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Peter Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars My boy jack
GreAt DVD. Sad and inspiring at the same time. Sort of film u can watch many times. Loved it. Great acting.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Gc Channing
5.0 out of 5 stars British acting at its best
I bought this because I will be acting in our production in November of this play! David Haig has captured the futility of war and English stiff upper lip superbly in the values... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SR
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Drama
Whilst not historically accurate, this was still very enjoyable. David Craig's portrayal of Kipling was exactly as I would have imagined him in real life and Daniel Radcliffe... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
great casting and a true story that is well worth finding out about. my only problem is that there ar eno surprises... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mike john stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD of the first programme first watched on TV
After seeing the television programme I could not immediately find a recording. It is a subject which we need to remember, sad but true.
Published 3 months ago by Louie Carr
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film about WW1
Rudyard Kipling was a romantic when it came to glories of warfare. This changed when his own son fought in WW1 and died in battle.
Published 3 months ago by Frank Bason
5.0 out of 5 stars A good film
Daniel Radcliffe surprised me, he was rather good in this role. Kipling came across as I suspected for a father in that era, didn't care for him much, but great acting from all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sparky27
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