The Charge of the Light Brigade

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Facts and Figures

Genre: War

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 20th October 1936


Production compaines: Warner Bros.

Reviews 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew


Producer: Hal B. Wallis

Starring: Errol Flynn as Major Geoffrey Vickers, Olivia de Havilland as Elsa Campbell, Patric Knowles as Captain Perry Vickers, Henry Stephenson as Sir Charles Macefield, Nigel Bruce as Sir Benjamin Warrenton, Donald Crisp as Colonel Campbell, David Niven as Captain James Randall, C. Henry Gordon as Surat Khan, Robert Barrat as Count Igor Volonoff, Spring Byington as Lady Octavia Warrenton, E.E. Clive as Sir Humphrey Harcourt, J. Carrol Naish as Subahdar-Major Puran Singh, Walter Holbrook as Cornet Charles Barclay, Princess Baba as Premea's Mother, Charles Sedgwick as Cornet Lawrence Pearson, Scotty Beckett as Prema Singh, George Regas as Wazir, Helen Sanborn as Mrs. Jowett, G.P. Huntley as Major Jowett

The Charge of the Light Brigade Movie Review

Dramatazation of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem about the ill-fated Light Brigade, 600 soldiers during the Crimean War (digested version: 1854-56, England and Turkey vs. Russia, best known for the Light Brigade but most significant for the actions of nurse Florence Nightengale). While the costumes and sets are perfectly historical, the facts are hardly accurate -- the infamous charge that killed all involved was actually a goof-up courtesy of an incompetent British army, not a moment of heroism due to a Ben Affleck-ish soldier.

Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Patric Knowles get the Pearl Harbor treatment as two brothers in love with the same women. Of course, they're both soldiers, so.... Anyway, the last 15 minutes of the film are impressive. The first 1 1/2 hours are a throwaway.


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The Charge of the Light Brigade Rating

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