The Trench

The Trench

Director: William Boyd, Tony Pierce-Roberts Cast: Paul Nicholls, Daniel Craig



In 1916, the British Army suffered their bloodiest and most severe defeat ever in the Battle of the Somme; The Trench focuses on the awful prelude to the battle as seen through the eyes of a group of inexperienced soldiers. Billy Macfarlane (Paul Nicholls) is a 17-year-old boy who joined the Army to fight alongside his older brother Eddie (Tam Williams), whom he worships. As the members of their platoon wait for fighting to commence, Eddie climbs up on a hill to see what the German forces are up to. He's immediately hit by sniper fire, suffering a severe injury, and soon another man in the unit is killed. Suddenly the ugly reality of battle has been introduced to the soldiers, few of whom are out of their teens. While their commanders inform them bombing has wiped out most of the enemy troops, the continued attacks convince them this may not be the truth. The Trench marked the directorial debut of novelist William Boyd, whose books have often dealt with the First World War.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
UPC: 0066805310706
Original Release: 1999
Source: Bfs Entertainment
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:35:00

Special Features

Cast Biographies; Crew Profiles; Production Notes; Bonus Documentary Feature: World War I - On The Western Front

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Nicholls Billy Macfarlane
Daniel Craig Telford Winter
Julian Rhind-Tutt Ellis Harrte
Danny Dyer Victor Dell
James D'Arcy Colin Daventry
Ciarán McMenamin Charlie Ambrose
Cillian Murphy Actor
Ben Whishaw Actor
Tam Williams Eddie

Technical Credits
William Boyd Director,Screenwriter
Tony Pierce-Roberts Director,Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Christophe Barratier Co-producer
Ann Buchanan Makeup
Jim Clark Editor
Steve Clark-Hall Producer
Jim Clay Production Designer
David Crossman Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Duffy Casting
Evelyn Glennie Score Composer
Cordelia Hardy Art Director
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg Malcangi Score Composer
Xavier Marchand Executive Producer
Laurence Méry-Clark Editor
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Perrin Co-producer
Mary Selway Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trench
2. Remembering an Old Friend [15:55]
3. We Band of Brothers [15:44]
4. A Gruesome Discovery [12:54]
5. A Prisoner of War [10:14]
6. Anticipation [11:58]
7. Over the Top [13:56]

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