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The Way Ahead [DVD]
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on 22 January 2018
JUST BRILLIANT, WELL WORTH THE MONEY.
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on 11 January 2018
Excellent
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on 16 November 2017
OK
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on 2 October 2015
no comment
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on 11 July 2007
This movie shows what can be done when talents such as Ustinov and Ambler are told to make an Army training film and they then managed to come up with a classic like this.
It's the story of a diverse bunch of Brits grumbling their way through basic training, being put through their paces by David Niven and William Hartnell (who played the first Dr. Who) with the ultimate result in the end of being turned into a first rate fighting unit.
My favourite scene is the one just before the War starts, when David Niven as a T.A. private (that's a National Guardsman in "cousin-speak"), is being instructed in the use of a 1916 Lewis Gun by means of a large picture - The real thing would not have been available, and then being turned out of the training hall by a Dance Band arriving!
I like nmollo's comments above about not having seen a Brit war film where we are not portrayed as "crazy and eccentric".
Well apart from Los Angeles, UK probably has had more crazy and eccentric people than any other place on earth. Why else would we have put up with the weather when we could have emmigrated to Australia, New Zealand, Canada or even the USA?
Great film. Worth watching over and over again.
Buy and enjoy
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on 8 November 2017
Not just a propaganda film, but undoubtedly one of the best British films of the 1940s. I watched this from Prime on an HD4 TV and found the definition to be very soft, almost blurry. Better on a tablet, but still not the way it was seen by viewers on first release.
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on 31 January 2007
This movie follows the call up and training of various men, called up to fight in WW2.

It's interesting to see the men from different backgrounds, (the important business man, the travel agent and the labourer) all get lumbered into the same boat.

The men are portrayed well, not heroes nor idiots, just ordinary men.

They grumble and complain about how they are being treated unfairly, being shouted at and made to do pointless exercises. As the film goes on, you see the men bond before being shipped off to combat, this too is well done with the combat scenes being so understated as to be believable.

This film was used at Sandhurst for many years to help train new officers.
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on 5 November 2013
Anyone with an interest in world war two or the times in which this is set should watch this film. Yes it was made in the war and was a propaganda film but it has stood the test of time and is an insight into the period, the way of life of ordinary people and the impact of becoming one of a band of brothers. It is superbly scripted and the director Carol Reed was one of cinema's greats.The acting is first class. I had not watched the film for well over thirty years and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. if you want to see a film which shows the reality of battle then this film is not for you but if you want an insight into the reality of ordinary men being called up and made into infantrymen and the changes they undergo in the process then this film is for you.
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on 24 June 2013
My review is on the following version of "The Way Ahead":The Way Ahead [DVD].
At the time of purchase that version was more expensive than this Granada dvd.
Please check out whichever version you want to buy.
A Highly Recommended film.
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on 24 August 2017
superb ww2 movie, worth a watch
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