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During the ill-fated charge of British troops at Balaclava in the Crimean War, loyal soldiers who blindly followed orders were led to certain death. This is the fifth time the story has been told on film, but the actual event is an afterthought to the main plot. Snobbish aristocrats and ineffectual politicos combine with pompous blue-bloods to make decisions affecting 600 men thousands of miles away. A decidedly anti-war and satirical slant is presented, as inept generals stand knee-deep in bodies, each blaming the other for the fiasco. Vividly underscored here is the fanaticism, dedication, and blind loyalty which caused the total annihilation of hundreds of soldiers. This 5-million-dollar epic film recouped only 1 million after the initial release, leaving critics to compare the real-life disaster with the financial one suffered by the producers. Trevor Howard, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave head the excellent cast. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Cast

Trevor Howard
as Lord Cardigan
Vanessa Redgrave
as Clarissa
John Gielgud
as Lord Raglan
Harry Andrews
as Lord Lucan
Jill Bennett
as Mrs. Duberly
David Hemmings
as Capt. Nolan
Mark Burns
as Capt. Morris
Willoughby Goddard
as Squire
T.P. McKenna
as Russell
Norman Rossington
as Corbett
Ben Aris
as Maxse
Leo Britt
as Scarlett
Helen Cherry
as Lady Scarlett
Peter Woodthorpe
as Valet
Valerie Newman
as Mrs. Mitchell
Andrew Faulds
as Quaker Preacher
Christopher Chittell
Ambrose Coghill
as Douglas
Georges Douking
as St. Amaud
Clive Endersby
John Hallam
as Officer
Barbara Hicks
as Mrs. Duberly's Maid
Declan Mulholland
as Farrier
Roger Mutton
as Codrington
John Trenaman
as Sgt. Smith
Colin Vancao
as Capt. Charteris
Dino Shafeek
as Indian Servant
Alan Dobie
as Mogg
Howard Marion-Crawford
as Sir George Brown
Corin Redgrave
as Featherstonehaugh
Donald Wolfit
as "Macbeth"
Natasha Richardson
Alan Dobie
as Mogg
Declan Mulholland
as Farrier
Colin Vancao
as Capt. Charteris
Roger Mutton
as Codrington
Ambrose Coghill
as Douglas
Howard Marion-Crawford
as Sir George Brown
Barbara Hicks
as Mrs. Duberly's Maid
Dino Shafeek
as Indian Servant
Corin Redgrave
as Featherstonehaugh
Donald Wolfit
as "Macbeth"
John Hallam
as Officer
John Trenaman
as Sgt. Smith
Georges Douking
as St. Amaud

Crew

Tony Richardson
Director
Neil Hartley
Producer
David Watkin
Cinematographer
John Addison
Composer (Music Score)
Kevin Brownlow
Editor
Hugh Raggett
Editor
Peter Handford
Sound/Sound Designer
Vic Armstrong
Stunts
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