- Jan 20, 2016
- Reaction score
- Y Cae Ras
A cracking film.
I saw it when I was young and it went over my head. But it is really a great piece of work. it tells the story of the ill fated charge and places it in the context of the shambolic british army at the time.
It was 1850 but the military had not moved on since Waterloo 40 years earlier.
As a film it is satirical in style and not like the usual mindless empire dogma we are usually served up. It is closer to Mash and other counter culture films in style .
The film is dominated by Trevor Howaed as Cardigan. An absolute shit of a man. His scenes with Harry Andrews as Lucan are a delight.
My favourite scene is the bickering post mortem when the supreme commanders compete to pass the buck on responsibility. Like a group of middle management arse lickers.
If you are interested in the story then this book is also worth a look.