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Childhood favourite returns in colour
on 9 October 2007
To see my favourite film from my childhood in full colour is amazing. The original black and white version was very indistinct, being set mainly in the dark corridors of Rugby. Although the characters do suffer from green lips on occasion, the whole experience is much less dated.
If you love the book, I would recommend this film wholeheartedly as the version truest to the novel, and the only one which actually follows the story of Arthur rather than killing him off (2004) or simply deleting him (1971). East is brilliantly played, the best interpretation of the character ever, and Flashman, who looks about thirty, is sublimely horrible and a complete coward, as required. Tom is a great mixture of vulnerability and strength. Dr Arnold is a little uninspiring and stern. Nevertheless, you can't fault this film - it led me to read the novel, and read it again and again.