Great film, great story, great actors.
I'm told this was originally made as a training film. The nicest thing about the film is how a bunch of strangers from varied backgrounds get to become good comrades and good soldiers. Funny at times, moving at times this is one of my top ten war films made.
The Way Ahead
One of the very best cinematic flagwavers designed to boost morale during the Second World War. It's the engrossing, compassionate story of a bunch of recruits who are moulded into an effective fighting unit by their NCOs and officers - and by their own characters. Director Carol Reed leads a stalwart cast which includes, David Niven, William Hartnell, John Laurie and Trevor Howard. Get fell in for some great entertainment!
Classic Wartime Drama!
Carol Reed's World War II drama follows a bunch of raw recruits in the British Light Infantry, from very different walks of life, their trials through basic training and their subsequent baptisms of fire in the desert war in North Africa. Featuring a who's-who of British acting talent at the time - David Niven, Stanley Holloway, William Hartnell, Peter Ustinov etc - what this film lacks in action it makes up for in the interplay between the characters and the sense of time and place. For me an ideal way to spend a wet Sunday afternoon!