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Warriors [VHS] [1999]

Matthew Macfadyen , Darren Morfitt , Peter Kosminsky    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew Macfadyen, Darren Morfitt, Cal Macaninch, Ioan Gruffudd, Joe Renton
  • Directors: Peter Kosminsky
  • Writers: Leigh Jackson
  • Producers: Peter Kosminski, Jane Tranter, Michael Dreyer, Nigel Stafford-Clark, Pippa Harris
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 29 Nov 1999
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D08G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,448 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If the conflict in Bosnia has become something of a forgotten war, it's not for the want of trying from the immensely powerful BBC film Warriors, the story of five young soldiers and their harrowing experiences in the region. Opening with an extended view of the five's home lives--all are on leave when called up to form part of the UN peacekeeping mission--Peter Kosminksy invites the viewer to experience the war at a strictly personal level. And while this leaves little scope for any general political overview of events (aside from the horror of war) this is a piece of drama and not a documentary. Once transported to Bosnia, the protagonists find that their role as peacekeepers leaves them largely sidelined and unable to intervene and save lives, often forced to stand by and watch mass slaughter. Not since M*A*S*H have the absurdities of "the rules of engagement" been so eloquently examined. It is the darkening spiral that the five are sent on by these events and the relationships they form throughout them that forms the crux of the film, never demonstrated more clearly than by the return to the friends and families who see them as heroes. Bloody and sickening in parts, Warriors is given extra poignancy by the fact that it is based on the real-life testimony of British soldiers. A million miles away from the Rambos of this world this is the war film coming of age. --Phil Udell

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In 1992, five soldiers in the British army - Privates James and Skeet, Lieutenants Loughrey and Feeley, and Sergeant Sochanik - receive word that all leave is cancelled, and they are to form a United Nations protection force in Bosnia. It is the beginning of three years of personal and political conflict, as those involved begin to question their instincts and ability to obey orders under increasingly difficult circumstances.

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was there, it was like that 25 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Serving 12 mnths in Bosnia myself with the UN as a soldier, I must truly say that watching this film brought me back. I watched in awe and it brought tears to my eyes to once again relive the months we spent there. The director manages to create the moods and feelings and frustrations that were so common for all of the soldiers serving with the UN. It also portrais the restlessness and feeling of unfinished buisiness that so many felt after returning home. This movie is truly one that most people who have former UN personell in their family or among friends should see. Maybe then they`ll understand. To the makers of this film: You have earned a soldiers respect.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Moving, Upsetting 30 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Warriors is a hard hitting drama from the BBC. I first watched it 4 years ago, and watching again recently still left me in awe. The soldiers are human and humane, but hamstrung by the UN regulations.
Unable to help people directly due to fears of 'ethnic cleansing' they leave people to die at the hands of monsters who used to be their neighbours.
The drama also shows the effects of the conflict on their lives when they return to Britain.
A number of outstanding performances lend realism to the production. None more so than Matthew MacFadyen, who plays the scouser Pvt James, who deals with what he experiences in a simple, humane way. He is left baffled by the authorities unwillingness or inability to do the right thing. His passage from a joker to a hurt human being is the pivot of the drama; he experiences the very worst of all the shocking (and graphic) misfortunes that befall the crew. The things that they see and cannot affect cause anguish to those at ground level.

You must watch this.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!! 28 Nov 2003
Format:VHS Tape
WOW!!! What an amazing film. I first watched this when it was aired on the BBC a few years ago and I have been meaning to buy it for a long time.
I have not for many years seen a film that evokes such an emotive reaction, you will experience grief, anger, sympathy & guilt watching this highly emotive and accurate portrayal of our British troops as UN peace keepers in Bosnia.
Lets hope this film will remain a stark reminder of the horrific war crimes and ethnic cleansing that happened during that time and no doubt similar atrocities which still happen all over the world to this day. How easy it is to forget.
Congratulations to the beeb for portraying this difficult story with such humility as it deserves. A must, must, must buy!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and moving drama about the war in Bosnia 23 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
Why this has not been released in the UK yet on DVD is a mystery to me. I have just a recording and this review is about the drama not the Dutch DVD. It is about one regiment (?) of British soldiers and their tour of duty in Bosnia as peacekeepers from beginning to end. There are three main characters whose lives back home we are shown before they leave and then return, affected by their experiences. Ioan Gruffydd (Hornblower) and Damien Lewis (Band of Brothers) are cast as two officers and Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks) as either a private or N.C.O. They witness a number of the most notorious incidents that occured. We see their frustration as they are not even allowed to move some civilians to safety as it would seem they are contributing to ethnic cleansing. I believe this was shown on BBC. It is a well acted, authentic looking drama. I hope it gets released over here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on BBC a UK release please! 18 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
It seems that the BBC are not going to release this as a UK version on DVD. That is a shame as it is one of the best TV dramas of the last few years, equally as good Kosminsky's other works (Goverment Inspector etc.). Come on the Beeb sort it out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC please listen! 31 Mar 2011
By Steve
Format:DVD
This is a drama that hits the spot every time. Largely filmed in the Czech Republic, i was there during filming and the locals still talk about it now. The plight of the victims is painfully illustrated here, not to mention the frustration and helplessness of the UN peacekeepers. It speaks volumes that many servicemen who witnessed it all in Bosnia write with such high regard of this faultless, painful drama.
Why does the BBC not re-release it on DVD?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing, heartbreaking and very human 26 Aug 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A phemononal story that had to be told. A drama about soldiers but not about them fighting, but being forced not to fight and sitting on the sidelines of a war they don't understand and cannot do anything about.

The reactions of the soldiers as they gradually slip into melancholy and depression shows the futility of "peacekeeping" when there is no peace to keep, and the limitations of the international community to influence complex local conflicts. There is no sense of black and white, just shades of grey.

Bizarre that this has never come out in the UK, but don't worry, the Dutch version is fine to watch.

A must see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warriors [1999] [Dutch Import] 15 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
Having watched this drama on BBC when it was first broadcast so I was more than pleased when I found it on DVD. The big downside is that it is void of at least two scenes right in the middle which as a result can make it look a little disjointed, especially if you have never seen it before. Had this not been the case then I would have awarded it the full five stars. I hope that the full version is released in due course as it is an excellent well acted realistic drama, based on real life events.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too hard to understand without CC
Despite great actors at the start of their careers (Damien Lewis, Ioan Gruffudd), this show is difficult to enjoy/understand because it has no subtitles.
Published 3 days ago by Kanenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by keith241
5.0 out of 5 stars Despite film
Great product at a great price, just a shame that you can't get uk copies or find it in the shops. Really glad i saw this film.
Published 4 months ago by Martin L. Woodland
5.0 out of 5 stars WARRIORS BBC TV mini series.
This is a no holds barred mini series about how policing in a war zone is done and how it effects those doing it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by michael sayers
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing scenes
The only drama I've had with this DVD is a 15 minute segment in the middle that was missing, when transitioning from scenes 1-6 and 6-12, which happens mid sequence, the film will... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ben Hardcastle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and hard hitting
I watched this when it was first broadcast on the BBC and was blown away by its honest portrayal of the Bosnian conflict. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. Mckenna
5.0 out of 5 stars UN Peacekeepers as Heroes
Although a fictional account, it is a great depiction of the situation the UN soldiers were in during the Balkan war. Read more
Published 9 months ago by AUS
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting
Defines the terrible acts that took place in the Balkans war and leaves on questioning just what makes up the genetically faulty peoples of the area. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars realistic,gritty,makes you think.
reminded me of my time in the military.the bond between soldiers.you have got to follow your orders.no matter your political views.great actors,convincing roles.
Published 9 months ago by mr.c.owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Warriors
Best ever portrayalof the Bosnian war. No hype - just a soldiers story and that of the people there as it really was..
Published 10 months ago by David Olsen
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