The Way Ahead

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 17, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1944
  • Label: VCI Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: "Battle of the Desert" an episode from the "Big Battles" Series
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  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 496
Despite a framework which stresses regimental traditions and military valour, the film's celebration of the ordinary man as soldier leaves a residue of radicalism. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
From a thorough, thoughtful and lively script by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov, this is an outstanding piece of film-making from the viewpoint of production, direction, camera-work and acting. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Feb 13, 2018
Rating: 7/10 -- Carol Reed directed this 1944 war film from a script by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Jul 26, 2012
Rating: B- -- A rousing flag-waving war drama about the British Army, that was shot during the war and grew out of being a training film. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Aug 10, 2011
Captain Reed directs his superb cast headed by Colonel Niven in a film of humour and integrity. Full Review
May 24, 2003
Rating: 4/5 -- A warm and touching tribute to the British Army infantryman. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Bracing, spirited and lovely. Full Review
TV Guide
Feb 25, 2013

Product Description:

Boasting a script by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov, THE WAY AHEAD is a rousing version of a familiar WWII genre: An officer must hammer a small group of disparate characters into an effective fighting unit as quickly as possible. David Niven stars as tough-minded Lieutenant Jim Perry, putting a reluctant and sometimes comically inept group of raw recruits through fantastically realistic basic-training exercises. When the troops hit the beaches of North Africa, they finally begin to understand the purpose behind their training.

Plot Synopsis:

Carol Reed's typically meticulous research adds a sense of gritty realism to this vivid, stirring account of a WWII British combat unit undergoing basic training. David Niven stars as Lieutenant Jim Perry, a former pump jockey who realizes he needs to take a tough line with the ragged, widely divergent bunch of civilian conscripts under his command, as he and Sergeant Brewer (William Hartnell) try to prepare them for combat with Rommel's Afrika Korps. In the early, more humorous part of the film, one expects to see Bill Murray turn up among the out-of-shape, unmotivated, and generally inept recuits who grouse their way through the rigorous training exercises. At length, however, Perry whips the group into shape, and by the time they debark for North Africa, they realize they're finally ready to deal with the Desert Fox. Featuring a sharp, unsentimental script by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov and an excellent cast, including Ustinov, Trevor Howard, and James Donald, the film invests an archetypal story with the kind of realistic bite that can still grip an audience.


Production Notes:

  • The film was originally intended for training purposes and it has since been used as such at Sandhurst, the British military school.
  • Trevor Howard makes his acting debut in the film.

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  • Sales Rank: 8,717
  • UPC: 089859867026
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