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4.0 out of 5 stars Nouvelle-France
I think most people got misled by the English title of the film. This is a French Canadian film with mainly French Canadian actors whose original title was New France and this should have been the English title as well.
I like a good adventure/historical flick a la Last of the Mohicans like the next guy but that's not what this movie is about. This is a love story...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the Bores
This has got to be one of the most disappointing films I have ever seen. A 2¼ hour story which encompasses the Seven Years War and, in particular, the loss of New France to the British; a story which incorporates such historical figures as Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, General James Wolfe, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and Benjamin Franklin has all the necessary...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the Bores, 17 May 2007
This review is from: Battle Of The Brave [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
This has got to be one of the most disappointing films I have ever seen. A 2¼ hour story which encompasses the Seven Years War and, in particular, the loss of New France to the British; a story which incorporates such historical figures as Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, General James Wolfe, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and Benjamin Franklin has all the necessary prompts to make it a sweeping and exciting historical adventure of a film. Given the film's title of "Battle of the Brave" you may well be tempted to believe that the film is such a historical epic.

However, actually, this is a truly dreadful second rate "Mills and Boon" style costume romance.

The film boasts a credible cast with such luminaries as Jason Isaacs and Tim Roth but these actors are mainly confined by a wooden script and cameo roles. The lead actors put in the quality of performance which would not be out of place in a sixth form school play.

The dialogue is clichéd enough to almost parody itself and would embarrass the producers of the worst day time TV soap operas. The cinematography is equally of a quality more reminiscent of a made-for-TV movie.

1. This film had the potential to be so much better;

2. This film is positioned as something which it is not - it is no great historical drama; and

3. The quality of the lead acting, direction, script (including the dialogue) and the general cinematography are all second rate.

This is not a film I could recommend to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nouvelle-France, 20 April 2014
This review is from: Battle Of The Brave [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I think most people got misled by the English title of the film. This is a French Canadian film with mainly French Canadian actors whose original title was New France and this should have been the English title as well.
I like a good adventure/historical flick a la Last of the Mohicans like the next guy but that's not what this movie is about. This is a love story set during the British take over of Canada and it's actually loosely based on a Quebec legend : the Corriveau Affair. La Corriveau was a Canadian woman accused of having murdered her second husband just after the British take over and hanged just like in the film.
However they changed a few things for the movie (like the name Corriveau being Carignan, the fact that instead of having three children she only had one and there probably never was a Francois LeGardeur among other things).
So this movie was never about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham but it's a romanticised version of the Corriveau Affair.
I do admit that those London scenes weren't necessary and altogether it's not one of the best movies I've seen but take it as a love story set in 18th century Quebec and you might even enjoy it.
I certainly did
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ma Nouvelle France, 5 April 2014
This review is from: Battle Of The Brave [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
It was the theme song "Ma Nouvelle France" (sung by Céline Dion) that attracted me to see the movie. One of her best songs ever!
Now I have, at last, seen the movie. Not what I had expected. I thought Marie-Loup Carignan and her beloved Francois le Gerdeur would live with indigenous people and fight for their rights. It will apparently see a movie before you hear on the soundtrack.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much battle and where were the brave ?, 6 May 2007
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This review is from: Battle Of The Brave [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
A right old pot boiler. You would think directed by the makers of "The Thorn Birds".

The "battle" consisted of less than half a dozen big guns and one roof collapsing as a result killing one of the braves, all over in less than a minute of the over two hours of this taradiddle.

The plot as such doesn't even get started until 1 hour in. By about 1 hour 20 minutes it's lost it again. The final 15 minutes was entertaining, but mainly for the interestingly different iron-maiden hanging scene (that should have been the director perhaps).

Tim Roth's face was a picture while Mr Isacs (of normally excellent skills in such as the BBC drama about the US ambasador) surely sends up a supposedly asthmatic general having an attack in the middle of ranting about the war to come.

An interesting rear angle of Mr D skulking away from the beach I would imagine was an extra after the money ran out to get the star in.

The fundamental problem here was too much scope to be covered with not enough money. The scenery was mostly only a short step up from Are You Being Served in that film they did in Spain.

It looked nothing much like the common view of grim dirty suffering, a little too much like a newly painted lot and with rather bright lighting.

Amusingly bad.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the Brave - without the Battle?, 29 Feb 2008
This review is from: Battle Of The Brave [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Don't want to waste too much time on this really, suffice to say it's more about a couples romance,splitting-up through unforseen circumstances,his going away on journeys to help the War fight,her further romantic adventures thinking he's left her due to a lieing,lecherous Catholic Priest (Gerard Depardeau),her marriage to an unsuitable rogue,the original lover returns and the usual mayhem that follows.Noemie Godin Vigneau who has a body to die for,must be the only Frenchwoman in films who keeps her kit on!Bianca Gervais follows suit so there's no interest there.No battle scenes,save 5 seconds of bombardment in a town square.Also for anyone who IS interested in reading the films credits I suggest you buy a SPYGLASS because they are about 1mm high!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not so Brave, 9 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Battle Of The Brave [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I think Gerard Depardieu was having an off day when he agreed to take part in this film. Very disappointing and poor acting
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 21 Aug 2011
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Junius (London, Middlesex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Battle Of The Brave [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
As with some of the other reviewers, this is not worth watching on really any level, which is a great shame because the story of the taking of Quebec by Wolfe's army in 1759 is such a dramatic tale. Despite the title which includes the word 'Battle', despite the box's words 'Rise. Unite. Fight' and despite the scenes of battle on the box, there isn't a battle here at all. There is a brief sowrd fight, and that's the lot. No reference to a large scale battle between British and French troops outside Quebec. No reference to the great French general, Montcalm. But apart from that, the film moves at a snail's pace and is pretty unexciting throughout. Occasionally unintentionaly comic. The scenes with the great and good - Pitt, Wolfe, Franklin, Pompadour and Voltaire - are miserable. The latter was one of the world's great intellectuals of all time, but you wouldn't know it from this. Likewise Pitt and Wolfe were inspiring leaders - again no clue here. Franklin talks of America soon to be the world's greatest financial power - but this is 1759 not the twentieth century. At over two hours this wastes everyone's time. Oh, and there are other oddities, such as soldiers acting as judge and legal officers, Royal artillerymen in red not blue coats, talk of (pre Wolfe) French troops being massacred - well, in the early part of the Seven Years War, the French were doing well - remember Braddock, Washington and Fort William Henry. Back to the film, there are three weird sisters (out of Macbeth methinks) who don't do much apart from look sinister. Top tip: don't watch this film. Use your two hours more wisely.
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