Private Peaceful 2012

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Coming-of-age British war drama based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo. Tommo (George McKay) and Charlie (Jack O'Connell) are two teenaged brothers from a poor Devonshire family. The outbreak of World War One shatters the family's rural idyll as both boys join up, leaving behind the beautiful Molly (Alexandra Roach), with whom they are both passionately in love. As the young men face the horrors of war, their brotherly bond is subjected to the ultimate test.

Starring:
Alexandra Roach, George MacKay
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Jack O'Connell, Alexandra Roach, Richard Griffiths, George MacKay
Director Pat O'Connor
Genres Drama
Studio EAGLE VISION
Rental release 5 November 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Alexandra Roach, George MacKay, Jack O'Connell, Richard Griffiths
Director Pat O'Connor
Genres Drama
Studio EAGLE VISION
Rental release 5 November 2012
Main languages English

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Harrison on 31 July 2013
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My year 7 English class were totally enthralled by this film version of Michael Morpurgo's book. The casting is superb - in particular, we found the grown up characters of Tommo and Charlie completely credible. The narrative method of the novel, using 'now and then' details, is sensibly handled so that people unfamiliar with the original still get a good sense of the reminiscent style used by Morpurgo. The feelings of injustice and inequality created by the book are, likewise, presented well: to the point that several of my class were reduced to tears by the closing scenes. Thought-provoking, sensitive and great as a teaching aid for English and Humanities.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Haddock! on 30 Nov 2012
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I enjoyed this DVD film for the following reasons, the: acting, storyline, screen play, the terrible time in the history of mankind at war it portrayed, I would recommend it to friend and foe!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By bertiebumdrops on 19 Nov 2012
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This was a lovely film, certainly brought it home how wretched the first world war was and how incredibly unfair. However we did enjoy this and would watch it again
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on 22 Aug 2013
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I am teaching the novel to year 7 students, and I purchased this to show them as part of the unit. The students find the story so intriguing, and loved that they could compare the differences between the novel and film. It's a brilliant film in its own right. It's well directed and well acted. It's one of the best WWI films I've seen. There are quite a few differences from the novel, but it's a film where it's easier to overlook those differences due to how well it still keeps the essence of the story and each character.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jan 2013
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I enjoy reading Michael Morpurgo's books and was really looking forward to watching this adaption of Private Peaceful. The film that follows two brothers going to war stays quite close to the story in the book and I was not disappointed.
It moves from the Peaceful family home in the Devon countryside to the trenches in Flanders and the war scenes are dramatic and realistic. I've read the book and know that the story is sad and the film definitely evoked my emotions.
There is a lot to be said for a low-budget film, particularly a British film and this is a fine example. Private Peaceful genuinely portrays life at home and at war, during the First World War.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By malcolm mcgarrigle on 29 July 2013
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Great cast and a very poignant story. Very beautifully presented. Very pleased with the film and glad to have added it to my collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bee on 26 July 2013
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This was worth watching, but once again I was left wondering why the film makers couldn't stick with the original plot; there are some really big changes and I felt that Morpurgo sold out if he agreed to them, or at least one of them in particular. Perhaps it would be better not to read the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kev Stock on 25 July 2013
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This is a must watch film, depicting rigid class structure, military brutality and the tragedy of war. Richard Griffiths is at his best, as is John Lynch, but the two leads Jack OConnoll and George McKay carry this film throughout. Set in rural Devon before and during WW1, it is a tale of simple family life, ripped apart by war. Realistic battle scenes and stunning locations all add to a remarkable film that has yet to receive the accolades that it deserves
Low budget it may be, but this is British film making at its unequaled best.
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