The Lost Battalion [DVD] [Import]
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The plot is one which happened many times in the 'Great War' and that is a battalion goes forward believing it is supported on both flanks, alas they are not and due to a breakdown in communication they stay put and decide to battle it out despite facing a hopeless situation. It is based on actual events and it is lovely to see carrier pigeons being shown in action as they were vital, the French almost exclusively relied upon them at one point.
The acting is all excellent and the plot unfolds in real time in that there are no flash backs which are often used to build empathy with the characters and the audience (i.e. they are not just soldiers but husbands, sons etc. That could lead to the charge of non character development, but the film does not suffer from this as the humanity is clear from the start. At 92 minutes long it flew by and for followers of war films and more explicitly WW 1 this is highly recommended and almost as good as the excellent 'Beneath Hill 60'Beneath Hill 60 [DVD]  in terms of accuracy and compelling story line.
I am sure that this is also partially due to the fact that they were only there for the end of it (not including the Canadians and the Aussies who were outstanding).
However this film takes a good stab at what it was like and I would recommend it to fellow ww1 collectors.
Also It sure as hell beats the amateurish rubbish that was the trench.
Regarding the film, if you want some entertainment which sits solidly within the first version of history, you won't be disappointed. Like a lot of historical dramas cum war films it has invested heavily in set design, costumes, and articles. A beautifully put together piece of work. But examine the messages this film is putting across and you're basically left with hero worship, ethnic-cultural exceptionalism, and self-aggrandizement. Par for the course. I enjoyed the film, but watch it with your eyes open regarding the above.
There was a silent movie made about "The Lost Battalion" in 1919, in which director Burton L. King used the soldiers themselves to film the story, which was more of a documentary re-enactment than a theatrical film. It was not until 2001 that such a film telling the story of the 77th was finally produced. Rick Schroder plays Maj. Charles White Whittlesey, the battalion commander and a New York City lawyer who thinks his group's assignment is a suicide mission. Of course his concerns are dismissed, because if there is one iconic image of World War I infantry it is that of climbing out of trenches to be mowed down by enemy machine guns (e.g., "Gallipoli"). Whittlesey's battalion is ordered to advance into the Argonne, and to take and hold their position at all cost.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Im not going to say too much about this World War 1 film except its not to be missed if your a fan of war films. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Lemon Pip Kid
Brilliant film, great story of true events without some of the Hollywood OTT.Published 6 months ago by Mr. T. Davidson
A good attempt to depict a true story , plenty of action sequences and an enlightening look at a little known ,at least for me on this side of the pond at an American action and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Intrados
Possible the second best film (after Lewis Milestone's 'All Quiet on the Western Front') ever made about WW1 originally shown on cable TV in the USA and never given a big screen... Read morePublished 17 months ago by panzerlite
I enjoyed this film when first seen on the television and been trying to purhase ever since
One of the best WW1 films I have ever seen.