Sight and Sound - 11/01/2007
"Guinness is electrifying....[Price] provides the film's most memorable performance."
A first-rate drama about two Scottish Army colonels, one a beloved softie about to retire, and the other, a dictatorial young officer. Between the two, a bitter conflict arises. Written by James Kennaway, based on his novel. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay.
When cold, upper-crust Basil Barrow takes command of an army regiment, replacing a warm "up-from-the-ranks" colonel, the stage is set for a clash of the titans. The rank-and-file resent his straight-laced tactics and the officers dislike his snobbish manner -- and soon everybody's up in arms.
The print used for the Home Vision VHS version is from the Janus collection.
John Mills was awarded the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Named One of the Year's Ten Best Films by THE NEW YORK TIMES.