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War Requiem Details


The first BBC television film to be given a British theatrical release, Derek Jarman's War Requiem is a cinematic interpretation of composer Benjamin Britten's famed oratorio. Narrated by Lord Laurence Olivier, whose last film this was, War Requiem combines Britten's music with the words of English poet (and World War 1 casualty Wilfred Owen) and Jarman's stark, symbolic images--filmed, appropriately enough, in an old mental hospital. Throughout, the sacrifice of young lives to the horrors of war is likened to the Supreme Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. As always, Jarman uses every opportunity to poke holes in Brtain's hidebound traditionalism. Though unrated, the violence quotient in War Requiem is enough to render the film unsuitable for young children. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Nathaniel Parker
as Wilfred Owen
Tilda Swinton
as Nurse
Laurence Olivier
as Old Soldier
Patricia Hayes
as Mother
Rohan McCullough
as Enemy Mother
Nigel Terry
as Abraham
Owen Teale
as Unknown Soldier
Sean Bean
as German Soldier
Linda Spurrier
as Nurse
Claire Davenport
as Charge Sister/Britannia
Beverly Seymour
as Nurse
Milo Bell
as Soldier
Alex Jennings
as Blinded Soldier
Lucinda Gane
as Nurse
Spencer Leigh
as Soldier
David Meyer
as Businessman
Kim Kindersley
as Soldier
Richard Stirling
as Soldier


Derek Jarman
Don Boyd
Derek Jarman
Richard Greatrex
Benjamin Britten
From Opera by
Rick Elgood
Lucy Morahan
Production Designer
John Kelleher
Executive Producer
Linda Alderson
Costume Designer