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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from 3,205 votes
||Release: 20 October 1936 (USA) /
||Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
||Director: Michael Curtiz,
||Stars: C. Henry Gordon, David Niven, Donald Crisp, E.E. Clive, Errol Flynn, G.P. Huntley, Henry Stephenson, J. Carrol Naish, Nigel Bruce, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, Princess Baba, Robert Barrat, Spring Byington, Walter Holbrook
||Synopsis: Major Vickers is an officer at the 27th Lancers in India 1856. When the regiment is on maneuver, the barracks are attacked by Surat Khan and his soldiers who massacre British women and children. This leaves an inextinguishable memory and Vickers promises to revenge the dead. Written by Mattias Thuresson
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Errol Flynn, riding high with the spectacular success of CAPTAIN BLOOD,
re-teamed with co-star Olivia de Havilland and director Michael Curtiz
in this epic tale, owing far more to Rudyard Kipling's prose than
Tennyson's poem, or any attempt at historical accuracy. As one of
several 1930s Hollywood forays into India during British rule (GUNGA
DIN, LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER, and WEE WILLIE WINKIE are other
memorable examples), the films are often criticized today for
'whitewashing' British rule, and ignoring the plight of Indians, who
were treated as 'second-class' citizens of the Empire. While this
argument is valid, these films were produced as 'entertainments' at a
time when America, still suffering from the Depression, craved
escapism, not social commentary.
Flynn, with his trademark moustache restored, is Major Geoffrey
Vickers, dashing British Lancer, who, as the film opens, saves the life
of Indian ruler Surat Khan (played by veteran screen villain C. Henry
Gordon) during a tiger hunt. While Khan despises the British, he has a
blood debt to Vickers, which must be honored.
Between assignments, Vickers tries to be the devoted fiancé of
beautiful Elsa Campbell (de Havilland), but in a twist from the usual
Flynn/de Havilland teamings, she actually loves his brother, Perry
(Patric Knowles, who would later play 'Will Scarlet' in ROBIN HOOD).
The love triangle subplot is the least effective part of the story;
fortunately, these interludes don't last long!
Courting favor with the Russians (represented by Stalin look-alike
Robert Barrat), Khan gambles, correctly, that the British would never
consider him capable of murdering women and children, so his attack on
an undermanned Chukoti, and the subsequent massacre of all the
inhabitants (save Vickers and Campbell, thus fulfilling his blood
debt), creates a furor that rocks India, and a evokes a vow of revenge
from Vickers and the Lancers, who'd lost all of their loved ones. Khan
flees the country, joining his Russian allies in the Crimea.
Just in time to fulfill the title, the Lancers are reassigned to the
Crimea, and discover that Khan is located with the cannon emplacements
on the Balaclava Heights. Arranging to get his brother safely away from
the action, Vickers forges orders to have the Light Brigade attack the
Heights, and 'The Charge' begins...
While the Charge (created by second unit director "Breezy" Eason) is
one of the most incredible scenes ever recorded on film, with hundreds
of horsemen galloping in formation 'to the guns', there was a deadly
price for the spectacle; the buried explosives and trip wires used to
create realistic cannon blasts injured many horses, resulting in a
large number of animals having to be 'put down'. Humane societies
nationwide (and Flynn, himself, who was appalled by the needless
slaughter) raised such an outcry that standards were established
barring cruelty to animals, which are still in effect today.
Besides Flynn's heroic performance (yes, that really IS him, leaping a
cannon on horseback), Donald Crisp, Henry Stephenson, and J. Carrol
Naish (as an Indian) provide memorable support. And watch for a young
David Niven, as Vickers' doomed fellow officer. Flynn and Niven were
great friends, sharing a cottage in Malibu (nicknamed
'Cirrhosis-by-the-Sea', because of their wild parties), and their final
scene together is far more poignant than any Flynn/de Havilland moments
in the film!
While flawed, historically, and unquestionably bloody, THE CHARGE OF
THE LIGHT BRIGADE retains its position as a 'classic', and proved to
the WB that Errol Flynn was not just a 'one hit wonder'. Great things
were ahead for the young star!
Tags for The Charge of the Light Brigade Full Movie
C. Henry Gordon
, David Niven
, Donald Crisp
, E.E. Clive
, Errol Flynn
, G.P. Huntley
, Henry Stephenson
, J. Carrol Naish
, Nigel Bruce
, Olivia de Havilland
, Patric Knowles
, Princess Baba
, Robert Barrat
, Spring Byington
, Walter Holbrook
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