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Victorian Military Movies

Postby Jonathan » 23 Nov 2007 03:34

Can anyone recommend any movies that depict this period? I am aware of only a few: Zulu, Zulu Dawn, and Khartoum. How about any good documentaries?
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Re: Victorian Military Movies

Postby Garen » 23 Nov 2007 16:40

My favourite... The Man Who Would Be King. So much that is good about it!
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Postby Jonathan » 23 Nov 2007 17:32

Thanks, Garen. I'll add that to my queue of movies to watch!

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Postby Mark » 24 Nov 2007 00:10

I know these may sound daft but what about the remake of the "Four Feathers", "Young Winston Churchill" and "Breaker Morant"?

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Re: Victorian Military Movies

Postby Jonathan » 24 Nov 2007 02:31

Mark,
Thank you for the additional titles. I don't think that these movies received the same press in the US that they would have received in the UK. Additionally, most of these movies were released before my time, so I am quite ignorant of what is out there! :oops:

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Re: Victorian Military Movies

Postby Jonathan » 10 Dec 2007 20:56

I watched "Zulu" and "The Man Who Would Be King" over the weekend, and enjoyed both. I have seen "Zulu" before, but it has been at least 10 years since my last viewing. "King" was more of an adventure in the vein of H. Rider Haggard than I expected, but it was quite enjoyable and seems to portray the spirit of the times quite nicely. I think "The Four Feathers" will be next!

Thank you again for your reccomendations!

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Re: Victorian Military Movies

Postby Mark » 10 Dec 2007 21:04

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The Four Feathers is good but get the later one with Robert Powell in.

Its a real pitty the film industry in the UK can no longer make such movies - they would prove too expensive - and Hollywood appears not to have any interest unless the movie is about an American :wink:

I would love to see a remake of Zulu!

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Postby Jonathan » 10 Dec 2007 22:17

Mark wrote:...Hollywood appears not to have any interest unless the movie is about an American :wink:


Bloody yanks! :D

It is sad but true. :?
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Re: Victorian Military Movies

Postby Jonathan » 11 Dec 2007 17:47

Has anyone seen the BBC series "Rhodes" on Cecil Rhodes? I recall hearing about it at some point in the mid to late 1990s, but it never aired here in the States.

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Postby Mark » 11 Dec 2007 18:16

Jonathan wrote:Has anyone seen the BBC series "Rhodes" on Cecil Rhodes? I recall hearing about it at some point in the mid to late 1990s, but it never aired here in the States.

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Yes I certainly have and it is an extremely good series - well worth watching.

It was available on DVD in the UK and a quick search of Amazon.co.uk shows the following:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rhodes-Box-Set- ... B000057THO

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Postby Jonathan » 11 Dec 2007 18:54

Mark,
Thank you. I will add that to my queue of movies to rent! I am glad to know it is available on DVD.

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Re: Victorian Military Movies

Postby Jonathan » 04 Jan 2008 20:48

I watched "Zulu Dawn" this weekend. I was impressed with the sheer number of extras involved and enjoyed the film overall. It did not have the emotional cache of "Zulu", but was still good fun.

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Postby Mark » 04 Jan 2008 20:55

Its a pity present day filmakers won't pick up these old classics and shot some remakes. Plenty of violence but not enough sex for Hollywood I guess!? :lol: :P

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Postby Jonathan » 04 Jan 2008 21:08

Mark wrote:Its a pity present day filmakers won't pick up these old classics and shot some remakes. Plenty of violence but not enough sex for Hollywood I guess!? :lol: :P

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I think there is some good Hollywood material there. What about "Fighting Mac"? I'll have to skim through Eminent Victorian Soldiers to find some good Hollywood sex and violence. :mrgreen:

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Re: Victorian Military Movies

Postby Jonathan » 13 Feb 2008 00:04

I just enjoyed viewing "The Four Feathers"--the newest version starring Heath Ledger. I quite enjoyed it, but it did raise a question--when did the British begin wearing Sam Browne belts? I assume this movie took place ion the late 1880s, and all of the officers were wearing what appeared to be Sam Brownes with brown leather service scabbards for their P1854 swords.

Next in my Victorian military movie queue: "Royal Flash".

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