The Trench (1999)

Published on November 4, 2019

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A fine and evocative war film with an excellent cast!


Not a conventional war movie but a VERY British close up at the inter-personal relationships during WW1 before the Battle of The Somme. The Battle is known for the senseless sacrifice of such a great number of Irishmen - from the 36th (Ulster) Division and the 16th (Irish) Division. Not much new here that wasn't in "All Quiet on the Western Front" or "Paths of Glory" or "Gallipoli", but some lessons need illustrating for new generations.

This moving, heart rendering, eye opening and though provoking directorial debut is a little gem that somehow got hidden away without any publicity and was mostly shown on a satellite movie channels.

Written and Directed by William Boyd
Starring: Daniel Craig, Cillian Murphy, Paul Nicholls and Julian Rhind-Tutt