Tunes of Glory

Tunes of Glory

Facts and Figures

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 20th December 1960

Distributed by: Criterion Collection

Production compaines: Knightsbridge Films

Reviews 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Maj. Jock Sinclair, D.S.O., M.M., as Lt. Col. Basil Barrow (Battalion Commander), as Maj. Charles 'Charlie' Scott, M.C. (Battalion Executive Officer), as Mary Titterington, as Morag Sinclair, as Cpl. Piper Ian Fraser, as Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C. (Battalion Adjutant), Duncan Macrae as Pipe Maj. Duncan MacLean, as RSM Riddick, Allan Cuthbertson as Capt. Eric Simpson

Tunes of Glory Review

After WWII, Alec Guinness gets passed over for promotion of command of his Scottish garrison. This leads to a tussle between he and the new boss, played by John Mills. What follows is the slow decay of morale at the base, followed by the mental breakdown of Guinness in what is often heralded as one of the best performances ever put to film. Too bad then that the story gives Guinness and Mills little chance to shine, as the script is crafted from weirdly insidery Scots arcana (lots of dancing, lots of bagpiping) and interferes with the character study. Interesting counterpoiont to Guinness's Bridge on the River Kwai, but the overall, washed-out look and mopey pacing of the film drag it down.