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Lives Of A Bengal Lancer [DVD][1935]
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2011
Saw this film when I was very young. Have not seen it since on screen, but I was Surprised and delighted to find that I could purchase it as a DVD through Amazon.
It goes back to 1935 when released, with the young Gary Cooper & Franchet Tone [was
that his real name or stage name?] and that fine old actor and former cricketer Sir C Aubrey Smith. The transfer of a 1935 film to DVD is very good and the soundtrack is the same.

Although it is in black and white as most films were in those days it ranks alongside other oldies like - "Gunga Din", "Charge of the Light Brigade", "They Died With Their Boots ON", "Captain Blood", "The Drum", "The Four Feathers"

These were all action adventure films which I still enjoy watching today. Cooper was a very watchable actor of the old school alaways seemed a very hesitant hero i.e. Sergeant York and "For Whom The Bell Tolls".

Of course it was very accurate in depicting the Indian soldiers especially the resplendant Bengal Lancers. The shame is they dont make films like these ncwadays.
although the pageantry is likely still there but no longer the actors of the caliber of Cooper and others of his ilk.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2009
wonderful, if dated and reality definitely on hold, but great acting - fantastic scenerey - real stars with a real story - uncomfortable with the imperialism and ye olde empire aspect of this film- but from the opening scene to the last and saddest farewell the pace is unrelentless and despite the antiquity of the film technology - the slyness of the tongue and the almost self-mocking aspect is very modern - this film is funny in places and unlike other imperialistic films of that time very little romance, which for Hollywood , was rare - whether that is a good thing or not is debatable- the derring do is very well done as is Cooper, certainly for people who haven't seen this actor in different roles it is an eye-opener as he extraxcts the urine from the pompous and arrogant - and his frustrations with his fellow officers are so evident - he is very good and proves his acting skills - the film itself does and doesn't seem to take itself seriously - but its message very strong -
a film perfect for a rainy sunday afternoon with the curtains drawn and a comfy chair- reminiscing of days bygone
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2013
No CGI just great actors and a great storey Loved it frame to frame This was a good quality aprint as well Getting the English language version up was not as easy as I thought.. Otherwise 8++++++++
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2013
I brought this for my father in-laws Christmas present, he loved it, these are films he loves to watch.
Would recommend to everyone who gets stuck on what to buy older relatives as a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2013
One of my all time fauverites.It combines action and laughter at the same time plus the fact that it features my favourite actors in their prime.
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on 9 March 2014
I Love This Film, I Remember Seeing This As A Child Many Years Ago On Television And As An Adult, I Find It Just As Good If Not Better, Because I Can Understand More Across The Board.
My Only Criticism is They Should Have Got The Sound Synchronisation With The Pictures Spot On This Its Slighty Out, Which Is Annoying Its A Koren In Port And I Wonder If The Technician Responceable May Not Have Spoken English Too Well
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2011
A fantastic movie!

The British Raj at it's height. Hitler loved this movie as it represented an empire with a force of 200,000 men controlled a nation of millions. He wanted to emulate that.

I love this movie. It has humour between the two leading men. It is not gung ho in any way.

Thoroughly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2014
Yes very dated and not PC... but still has something going for it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2010
Even though this was Adolph Hitlers Favourite film this is still a stirring film about the days of the Raj. Ranks along side of Kartoum ect
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2012
ordered on behjalf of my dad for my gradada. arrived in godo tiem and just what was required , a great sale and product in good time and condition , just what was needed , thankyou
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