One of the most famous blunders in military history, which sent the Light Brigade to its doom at the Crimea, provides the climax to a passionately felt and provocative British film. Tony Richardson creates a sweeping panorama of mid-Victorian England in all its complacency and callousness, and a biting screenplay by Charles Wood brings wit as well as anger to dramatising the gulf between the leaders and the led. The film affords memorable roles for Trevor Howard and John Gielgud as the incompetent Lords Cardigan and Raglan who drive the men to their death, and stars David Hemmings at the height of his career. Featuring innovative animation sequences by 'Roger Rabbit' animator Richard Williams and brilliantly choreographed battle scenes, Richardson's blisteringly anti-class, anti-war vision remains as poignant as ever.

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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

War/Drama · 2h 19m

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One of the most famous blunders in military history, which sent the Light Brigade to its doom at the Crimea, provides the climax to a passionately felt and provocative British film. Tony Richardson creates a sweeping panorama of mid-Victorian England in all its complacency and callousness, and a biting screenplay by Charles Wood brings wit as well as anger to dramatising the gulf between the leaders and the led. The film affords memorable roles for Trevor Howard and John Gielgud as the incompetent Lords Cardigan and Raglan who drive the men to their death, and stars David Hemmings at the height of his career. Featuring innovative animation sequences by 'Roger Rabbit' animator Richard Williams and brilliantly choreographed battle scenes, Richardson's blisteringly anti-class, anti-war vision remains as poignant as ever.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United Kingdom

Production Company

Woodfall Film Productions
Cast
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Trevor Howard

Lord Cardigan
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Vanessa Redgrave

Clarissa Morris
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John Gielgud

Lord Raglan
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Harry Andrews

Lord Lucan
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Jill Bennett

Mrs. Duberly
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David Hemmings

Capt. Lewis Nolan
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Ben Aris

Lt. Maxse
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Micky Baker

Trooper Metcalfe
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Peter Bowles

Paymaster Capt. Duberly
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Leo Britt

Gen. Scarlett
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Mark Burns

Caplt. Morris
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John J. Carney

Trooper Mitchell (as John Carney)
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Helen Cherry

Lady Scarlett
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Christopher Chittell

Trooper
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Ambrose Coghill

Lt. Col. Douglas
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Howard Marion-Crawford

Lt. Gen. Sir George Brown (as Howard Marion Crawford)
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Christopher Cunningham

Farrier (as Chris Cunningham)
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Mark Dignam

Gen. Airey
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Mick Dillon

Dying Highlander (as Michael Dillon)
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Alan Dobie

Mogg - Riding Master
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Georges Douking

Marshall St. Arnaud
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Clive Endersby

Trooper
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Andrew Faulds

Quaker Preacher
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Derek Fuke

Trooper
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Willoughby Goddard

Squire
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Derek Gray

Officer
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Richard Graydon

Lord Bingham
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John Hallam

Officer
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Ian Hanson

Singing Trooper
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Barbara Hicks

Mrs. Duberly's Maid
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Ben Howard

Trumpeter Pridmore
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Rachel Kempson

Mrs. Codrington
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T.P. McKenna

William Russel
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Michael Miller

Maj. Gen. Sir Colin Campbell
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Declan Mulholland

Farrier
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Roger Mutton

Cornet Codrington
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Valerie Newman

Mrs. Mitchell
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Roy Pattison

R.S.M.
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Corin Redgrave

Capt. Featherstonhaugh
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Norman Rossington

R.S.M. Corbett
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Dino Shafeek

Indian Servant
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John Trenaman

Sgt. Smith
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Colin Vancao

Capt. Charteris
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Donald Wolfit

'Macbeth'
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Peter Woodthorpe

Cardigan's Valet
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Ernest Blyth

Army Officer Awaiting Posting (uncredited)
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Pauline Chamberlain

Guest at Ball (uncredited)
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Stenson Falke

Sir John Burgoyne (uncredited)
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Harry Fielder

Soldier (uncredited)
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Margaret Flint

Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Bernard Foreman

Trooper (uncredited)
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Laurence Harvey

Russian Prince (uncredited)
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Jack Hetherington

Guest at the Ball (uncredited)
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Juba Kennerley

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Cyril Kent

Officer (uncredited)
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John More

Officer (uncredited)
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James Payne

Trooper (uncredited)
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Dido Plumb

Tramp (uncredited)
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Joely Richardson

Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Natasha Richardson

Flower Girl at Wedding (uncredited)
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Philip Stewart

Officer (uncredited)
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Charles Wood

Soldier Butler (uncredited)
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Kate Wood

Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Crew
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Tony Richardson

Director
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Charles Wood

Writer
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Cecil Woodham-Smith

Writer
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John Osborne

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Charge of the Light Brigade

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/7/2002

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