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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 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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22 of 24 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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13 of 14 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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11 of 12 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 Gel Ink refill for Ion pen on 1 Oct. 2014
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This film presents a most moving and accurate portrayal of WW1. The interviews given by the children's author, Morpurgo provide important research detail into the influences which impacted upon the writing of his book and the making of the film.
The importance of sharing both the book and the film is to ensure that all young people are given the opportunity to experience a realistic and entertaining representation of why and how their ancestors suffered. It is powerful and moving experience.
A credit to all who took part in the making of it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By the treepster on 16 Nov. 2012
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Private Peaceful is an adaptation of a source book originally written for older children but providing a powerful and intensely humane commentary on what it is to be human.

It invites us to consider how we can be so eminently capable of learning while finding it so hard to learn. The film is understated and eloquent and very well played by a distinguished cast. It is beautifully shot so that we don't miss Devon too much, and has a very evocative score.

I was tempted to say that it could hardly fail to be moving, but that would manifestly be untrue and a disservice to the screenwriters. If the adaptation does not always completely capture the power of the book, it may simply be because a film is not a book and shouldn't try to be one, and because the emotional impact of the source material here is breathtakingly strong.

It is interesting to compare the film of Private Peaceful with Steven Spielberg's high Hollywood take on Michael Morpurgo's War Horse. The source book is no less powerful, though Spielberg did face a daunting task in further adapting a story which had already been translated into a stunningly successful theatre piece, where the sheer emotional power of puppets for horses somehow caught the spirit of the book while distilling it for the stage.

War Horse was a film I desperately wanted to love but found I could only like, and the sure touch Spielberg brought to 'Schindler's List' seemed to elude him here at crucial times. On balance the film just survived its misjudgements, but they did stop it being what it might so easily have been, and that was a chance lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs H M Dalziel on 15 July 2013
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I bought this to accompany the book and audiobook for pupils with developing reading skills. It brought the story to life for them.
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