Journey's End

Director: Saul Dibb
Starring: Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Sam Claflin
Duration: 108 min

Wonderful acting from an adroit cast powers this big-screen revival of R. C. Sherriff’s 1928 play about British soldiers struggling to survive in the stifling trenches of the First World War. A portrait of six men facing the unbearable, Journey’s End focuses on how their relationships evolve as the inevitable approaches. In March 1918, C Company moves onto the front line in northern France. A German attack is imminent, but the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Claflin) knows their chances of survival are slim. His officers (Bettany, Sturridge, Graham) and cook (Jones) distract themselves as they await their fate. Joining them in the dugout is naïve new recruit Raleigh (Butterfield), the brother of Stanhope’s fiancée. He’s fresh from training and eager for action, but, over the course of one devastating week, the scales are ripped from his wide eyes.

9.3/10 6 ratings.

Club and Group screenings

Tue 20th Nov 13.00 Silver Screen: Aged over 60? Join the Silver Screen Club for discounted tickets and a free tea or coffee at these shows. Usual ticket prices apply to non-Members. U3Ac: Open to the public. Part of the latest programme of repertory films brought to us by the University of the Third Age Cambridge Film Group.

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