Tunes of Glory details
|Starring:||Alec Guinness, John Mills, Dennis Price, Kay Walsh|
Tunes of Glory
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Jul 2007|
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We'll nay have Cock o' The NorthBy a customer from Epsom , 22 Feb 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]This is one of the most moving examinations of the military mind. It is not set in the War. Instead it snapshots a British battalion a few years after hostilities cease, and in so doing we still learn so much of their experiences in that conflict and the effect it has on them now. The ghosts of their experiences shape their characters and their dialogue and attitudes. They are hard and proud and want to desperately remain the tough unit they were in Africa and Normandy. Alex Guinness has been too long allowed to run his battalion according to his own regime without any influence from outside. When John Mills turns up as his replacement, with a view to leading the regiment in a very different style, it sets the scene for a fascinating clash. This film is essential viewing for army officers to this day and not just those from the Scottish Division. The sense of isolation the officers feel from the society they barely now live in strikes a true note to this day,
Interesting back story - Guiness was originally cast to play the part of Barrow but he cleverly insisted on playing the part of Sinclair and so appears in such contrast to many of his past characters.
It is a masterpiece. My favorite film of all time.
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Something To Sing AboutBy Emjay69 (341 reviews) from Kidlington, Oxford , 29 Aug 2011Yet another very good film. If you're in to war movies you'll love this one. From beginning to end it is well acted to a very well crafted script.
My star rating says that I'd watch it again but my memory tells me that I should add it to my library.
Guinness and Mills a perfect mixBy HDX (124 reviews) from Barry, Wales , 04 Jul 2011Not as great as I remember it from years ago but a good, watchable film nevertheless with both Alec Guinness and John Mills giving terrific performances. Guinness, in particular, relishes his role as the overwraught, overbearing man's man. He ignores his own weaknesses and inconsistencies while pouncing on such characteristics in others. The twitchy 'do-it-by-the-book' character portrayed by Mills has no chance. A psychological drama that works.
Tunes of Glory reviewBy a customer , 03 Jun 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAbsolutely love this movie. Alec Guinness excels as the brash, hard - drinking and extrovert Scot Jock Sinclair - whose relaxed and fun - loving style has won him his battalion's loyalty, support and ultimately love. However, Jock is replaced by Colonel Basil Barrow - a strait - laced martinet and the polar opposite to jovial, good - spirited Jock. While Jock is loved and supported by several of the officers, especially Dusty Miller, Alec Rattray and young David McKinnon, Basil hates him - and the two men clash in a vicious war of wills. When Jock - livid at seeing his daughter Morag with her boyfriend - Corporal Piper Ian Fraser - smacks the young man one in a pub - Colonel Barrow vindictively decides to send him for court - martial - isolating himself further from the officers who love and support Jock. Alec Rattray - who makes no secret that he supports and will only be loyal to Jock - stoutly shows his support for his friend several times. However, he is forced to back off - and with only his loyal adjutant, Jimmy Cairns, to support him, Colonel Barrow realises the battalion will always be loyal to Jock. As Jock and his friends enjoy a night of boisterous high spirits at dinner, Basil finds himself on his own - with only Jimmy - torn between his respect for Basil but his affection for Jock Colonel Barrow shoots himself later that night. Jock - racked with regret - decides to give him an elaborate funeral - although Jimmy says it really should be more private. Jock gets upset and starts sobbing. Charlie and Jimmy comfort and support him and as he leaves, the officers and men salute their true Colonel.
Highly recommendedBy bhmstelzner (1 review) , 13 May 2011Gripping movie. Fantastic to see Guinness and Mills trying to outdo each other in the acting stakes. Definitely worth watching for both actors' contributions to British cinema.
Tunes of GloryBy a customer , 22 Apr 2011An excellent cast does justice to this psychological melodrama, located on camp in a Scottish regiment. Dennis Price quietly stirs the emotional pot, leading to the unexpected trauma which shakes the battalion and brings into question personal and regimental loyalties.