Friday, May 27, 2011

Movie Review: The Charge of the Light Brigade

Title: The Charge of the Light Brigade
Year Produced: 1936
Notable Actors/Actresses: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland
Trep's Rating: 5 Stars

This is, in my opinion, simply one of the best movies ever made.

The story begins in India. Geoffrey Vickers is assigned to escort a diplomat from Her Majesty the Queen of England to the leader of the Suristani tribes. Though the two peoples have lived in an uneasy alliance for some time, the treaties that held them together are about to expire.

For Vickers, a Major in the British Army, he knows how serious war would be with the mountain fighters of the Suristan people. But neither he nor the British Army realize how far the leader, Surat Khan, will go.

Something happens at this point in the movie that sets the rest of the events in motion. The movie culminates with the "Charge of the Light Brigade," made famous by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem.

This is a great movie for anyone. Though it was made in 1936, it still holds up well today. By the way, the charge is by far one of the most visually impressive charge scenes ever filmed, if not the most, made all the more so by the fact that they are really doing the stunts. No computer effects here.

Great movie, great story. Enjoy.

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