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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DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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
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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4.5 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 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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23 of 25 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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14 of 15 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By iam_whoever 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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16 of 18 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Brown on 2 Mar. 2013
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I went to watch this on a school trip to the cinema, figuring it would get me out of Maths. However, once I got into the film, I found I couldn't take my eyes off of the screen. It is about the story of two brothers, Charlie and Tommo Praceful. Charlie, the older, more dashing, daring brother, and Tommo, his littler brother, who looks up to Charlie more than anyone else.

At the start of the film, Tommo is going to school with Charlie, presumably for the first time. When there, a bully called Jimmy Parsons, calls Charlie a loony. Tommo, outraged by this, attacks Jimmy. When Charlie sees this, he takes Tommos place, and fights with Jimmy Parsons, as a crowd of children gather. The children cheer "Fight! Fight!" until a teacher comes out, and drags Jimmy and Charlie into the school. He uses the cane on both of them, but Jimmy screams and cries, Charlie doesn't. He then walks out and gets a massive cheer.

The story then leads to Tommo, who is out in the forest with his father, James. Tommo asks him who his favourite son is. When James jokingly says Charlie, Tommo runs off, deaf to his fathers calls. His father is in the middle of chopping down a massive tree, when Tommo realises he is being silly, and returns. He says sorry. James smiles at him, then the tree begins to wobble. And Tommo is in the target. James rushes to Tommo, yelling "Run! Run!". James just reaches his son when the tree smashes on top of him.

At James' funeral, poems are said, tears are there. Charlie and Tommo meet a pretty young girl Charlie's age called Molly, who's own mother had already died. They quickly become friends. Meanwhile, their mother, heartbroken from losing her husband, is met by her husbands employer, who owns their cottage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Poldark on 9 Mar. 2013
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I work in a high school and this is a very popular book both by the English Department and the children. Whilst I know it is historically correct i.e., World War I and the fact that men were court martialed and killed by firing squad for whatever trump up charges could be found. The story starts at the end. Despite having read the book several times during lessons and the film being shown to the students, it is definitely a tear jerker. Each time I have watched it, it has left me in a bad mood. When you watch it and find out why... No, I'll say no more because it will ruin it. Such injustice, that is all I will say. This certainly isn't suitable for junior schools or anyone under the age of 12/13; any younger I don't think they would understand it anyway.
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By Malcolm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2013
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This low budget film directed by Pat O'Connor
was a bit of a curates egg for me. Good in parts.

As an attempt to commit Michael Morpurgo's novel
written for older children to the big screen it
was OK, but there were significant changes to the
book and the front line trench warfare set looked
unrealistic and quickly thrown together to me.

It is primarily the story of two brothers, Charlie
and Tommo played brilliantly by Jack O'Connell and
George Mackay who grow up among the farming community
in Devon in the early 1900's and like many boys of
their era soon find themselves in the arena of WW1.

What spoiled it for me was that the trenches looked
too new and unused. We could clearly see the newly
prepared wood and shine of the corrugated metal used
to shore up the trenches, so much so that it looked
as if the group of Devonshire lads had just been
dropped onto an unused film set, which of course it
was.

Whether the whole thing was done to 'protect' today's
children from gaining too much of an impression of
the realities of warfare, I am unsure,
but it hid much of the filth, stress and state of utter
desperation that other films of the genre so readily
convey.

We must look to the acting and characters for any sense
of reality. The strong bond of brotherly love brilliantly
portrayed by the young actors was almost tangible as was,
the total brutish, almost psychopathic nature of Sergeant
Hanley which John Lynch played convincingly well.

The film works, in that it gives a glimpse into the unfair
treatment of soldiers during this period of British history
and the injustices of the 'justice' dished out by the military
commanders of the day, who conducted the war on their terms
alone.
Worth watching.
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