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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: May 7, 2002

Budget $8,000,000

Running Time
2 hours, 19 minutes

Country UK

Studio United Artists

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Other Titles
• The Charge of the Light Brigade
• Angriff der leichten Brigade (1968)



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Genre: War, Drama, True Story, Period Piece, Epic, Military, Revenge, Betrayal, Love

Plot: Tony Richardson's revisionist version of the oft-filmed romance of empire stars Trevor Howard as the arrogant Lord Cardigan. In 1854, the leading officers of the British military seek an opportunity for military glory, Cardigan chief among them. He plans on taking a military force into the Crimean region of Turkey, with the ostensible purpose of protecting the Ottoman Empire from an invading Russian army. Lord Cardigan and his army set sail for Turkey, and, en route, he becomes involved in a dispute with Captain Nolan (David Hemmings), an officer recently returned from India who questions the actions of the high command. Despite substandard rations and a cholera epidemic, the British score a quick victory over Russian troops before its leaders fall into inertia and confusion. The nearly senile Lord Raglan (John Gielgud) temporizes while Cardigan is distracted by the charms of Miss Duberly (Jill Bennett), the paymaster's wife. When the Battle of Balaclava begins, the combination of pompous stupidity in Whitehall's state men and incompetent officers on the battlefield results in Cardigan's taking his fabled Light Brigade down the wrong valley and directly into the heart of the Russian artillery. A comment on America's involvement in Vietnam, Richardson's satire on military and

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 Directed by
Tony Richardson
The Hotel New Hampshire, Blue Sky, Tom Jones
 Written by
Charles Wood
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 Cast
Vanessa Redgrave
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John Gielgud
The Elephant Man, Gandhi, Dragonheart
David Hemmings
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Trevor Howard
The Third Man, Superman, Gandhi
Harry Andrews
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Jill Bennett
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Ben Aris
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 Music By
John Addison
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