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on 9 March 2014
This classic film is a masterpiece. Full of stars and beautifully acted. In addition it was the film introducing Suzanna York! Well worth watching.
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VINE VOICEon 26 July 2009
How many films can you watch and every time you see and understand somehting more about it? I first saw Tunes of Glory in about 1963, only a few years after it was made. I would have watched it thinking it was a war film which it isn't

It isn't really a military film as the story is universal. A peace time battalion has a change of colonel.

One has come up through the ranks and is currently in charge of the battalion but he is passed over by an upper class colonel. Alec Guinness(Jock Sinclair) is the working class hero who commands by the strength of his personality. John Mills who was born to command but is scarred by his time as a prisoner of war.

I don't know what I thought of the film at the time as it contains no military action but is a tightly scripted character driven story. I enjoy it now and I have always liked the film even with its lack of action.

It becomes a clash of wills even though the new upper class colonel is nominally in charge, the battalion is split in its loyalties.

The problem gets worse when Jock Sinclair hits a corporal in a public bar when he finds out he is going out with his daughter. The new colonel has to decide whether to court martial him.

He decides against his better judgement not to . This proved a mistake as although Jock Sinclair promises to back him he doesn't.

I have seen it in civilian life when bosses change. The camps will be spilt as to those who oppose the new order and those who want a change. The internal strife in a lot of companies is worse than any desire to take on the competition. If business resolved their internal problems they would be a lot fitter to compete and this what this film is all about.

The battalion and the protagonists literally tear themselves apart with their internal strife. Fantastic performances from both John Mills And Alec Guinness. The later really becomes the character and you believe him completely.Neither can win.

It creates unbearable tension as the new colonel is isolated and realises he will never achieve his dream of being the best ever commander of the battalion that he regards as his birthright.

We discover that the incident has unbalanced the mind of both of them. A great story and one you will want to revisit.

Loads of great supporting actors.

Outstanding film

I wont give away the ending as I see someone objected to that so don't read the other review.
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on 1 November 2007
Having previously caught the film on TV by accident many years ago I was instantly hooked by it. I was delighted and suprised to learn of it's release on DVD sometime after it had been released due to poor advertising for such a magnificent film .
I had forgotten just how damn good the performances are all round. The ending is simply breathtaking and I admit it brought a tear to my eye.
A film that I will never tire of watching and a fine example of the art of acting.

Hopefully one day a future release will provide us with a definitve edition with a decent selection of features and a further restored print of the film without the infamous black line.
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on 12 March 2013
This is a classic film and it explores the bullying that goes on inside an Army regiment when a new colonel takes over the Regiment
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on 3 September 2015
One of my favorite films and have a connections with the Music, the Band in it and where it was filmed
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on 7 October 2009
This film,set in a bleak,wintery army barracks in Scotland has two great roles for its stars,Alec Guinness and John Mills.It may be a bit stagey at times but the acting carries it,especially in the confrontational scenes,leading to a tragic ending.Recommended.
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on 27 October 2011
Just such a classic movie. An interesting point was the john Mills charactor talking about being torturing, during the war, by the use of waterboarding - and this film came out in the late 60s
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on 26 March 2015
Timeless classic have watched over and over and have recommended this movie to many people who have enjoyed this either for the first time or as a reminder to a more classic era.
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on 21 June 2016
Brilliant film; brilliant performance by Alec Guiness - must be his best ever acting display. Can watch again and again and always find something new.
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on 6 December 2014
Good vintage film from the 1950s and early 1960s era before Britain, and the Western world for that matter, went to pot.
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