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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:
Jack O'Connell, Alexandra Roach
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DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Jack O'Connell, Alexandra Roach, Richard Griffiths, George MacKay
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 Jack O'Connell, Alexandra Roach, Richard Griffiths, George MacKay
Director Pat O'Connor
Genres Drama
Studio EAGLE VISION
Rental release 5 November 2012
Main languages English

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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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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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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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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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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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I work in a high school and this is a very popular book both by the English Department and the children. Whilst I know it is historically correct i.e., World War I and the fact that men were court martialed and killed by firing squad for whatever trump up charges could be found. The story starts at the end. Despite having read the book several times during lessons and the film being shown to the students, it is definitely a tear jerker. Each time I have watched it, it has left me in a bad mood. When you watch it and find out why... No, I'll say no more because it will ruin it. Such injustice, that is all I will say. This certainly isn't suitable for junior schools or anyone under the age of 12/13; any younger I don't think they would understand it anyway.
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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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By Bee on 26 July 2013
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This was worth watching, but once again I was left wondering why the film makers couldn't stick with the original plot; there are some really big changes and I felt that Morpurgo sold out if he agreed to them, or at least one of them in particular. Perhaps it would be better not to read the book!
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