All The King's Men details
|Starring:||David Jason, William Ash, Sonya Walger, Maggie Smith|
All The King's Men
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Aug 2005|
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Watch the Documentary First!By CreditonJules (205 reviews) from Crediton , 24 Jan 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]I don't usually suggest that people watch the documentary first when it comes to watching movies but this is an excellent documentary giving the background of the Sandringhams. The movie itself, though very good, tends to jump about a bit (for dramatic effect I guess) and I remember getting a bit lost when I watched on the TV! This is a facinating and sad story and one I believe everyone should watch!
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Watch the documentary first!!By Oozoid (72 reviews) from Ayr , 08 Nov 2013Most unusually and by pure chance I watched the 30-minute documentary first, and it almost put me off watching the film because of its glory-of-war aristocratic point of view, but the film, although pretty cheesy in parts, gives a far more real account of the common people involved. The documentary provides the historical context which helps to make sense of the film.
Great bit of TVBy MorayJ (3 reviews) , 23 May 2011Loved this - great bit of wartime drama and mystery in the clash of reality v the old ideals of pre-war Britain. Very nicely played by David Jason and all the cast.
The Futality Of WarBy a customer from Holderness, East Riding of Yorkshire , 24 Nov 2010Brilliant story based on real life events, Found it very thought provoking, David Jason as always at his best, He and all the other actors played their parts supberbly.
All The Kings MenBy Live2WinForever (1 review) from North Devon , 05 Sep 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAll the King's Men' is a richly textured piece of television drama, sensitively directed by Julian Jarrold. Its carefully nuanced script explores the horrors of the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey in World War One and the myth surrounding the mysterious 'disappearance' of the Sandringham Regiment, who were drawn from King George the Fifth's estate.The men are led by Captain Frank Beck,the agent on the estate, who with the support of the Queen Mother defies the King and, despite his age, leaves Sandringham to lead the men who he has trained and whose lives he has been intimately involved with on the estate. Through the excellent performance of David Jason we see a man of some nobility of spirit,used to respecting his superiors all his life,trying to do his best in a situation where his superiors got it completely wrong.His idealism is nicely contrasted with the humane pragmatism of the regimental doctor who has no such illusions. The truth of a body of men ineptly led and totally unprepared for fighting in an unknown and hostile terrain with appalling logistical support is graphically portrayed and echoes the much better known Australian film, 'Gallipoli.' The deliberate burying of the truth of what happened(which involved large numbers of men being shot in the head rather than taken prisoner)in order to protect social sensitivities and preserve morale is nicely dealt with through the superbly restrained performance of Maggie Smith as the Queen Mother who is clearly not fooled but never betrays the fact. The film also sympathetically explores the social values of the English class system and particularly the close knit generation of Sandringham workers who made up the regiment. Their naive and in some cases romantic confidence in the right of King and Country fighting with God on their side(despite the fact that they were invading another country)is believably portrayed. The performances of the cast are without exception of a very high class with some excellent cameos. This is the BBC at its very best and I thoroughly recommend it to you!
All the King's MenBy Nutmeg2 (2 reviews) from Kenilworth , 27 Oct 2009I thoroughly enjoyed All The King's Men and found it quite thought provoking ,yet another example of the tragic loss of life that was the First World War.The disorganisation of those who were supposed to be in command,the disregard for the lives of the soldiers but the courage shown by them in impossible situations made this a film worth watching.David Jason shows such versatillity as an actor whether in a film or TV series,he was outstanding.But there was much good acting in the film and the shots around Sandringham were lovely.
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