On April 7, 1917, during World War I, British intelligence learns that a supposed German retreat is not a retreat at all. The Germans are seeking to lure some 1,600 British soldiers of the Second Battalion into a trap and destroy them with artillery. With communication lines cut, two young corporals, Schofield and Blake, are ordered by General Erinmore to run through the German lines and deliver a note warning the British not to attack. It’s a trap. Blake is particularly anxious to go on this hazardous mission because his brother is a lieutenant in the unit that might be destroyed. Crossing no-man’s land, they find that the Germans indeed abandoned their positions. A German plane crashes nearby and Blake and Schofield save the pilot. But their heroic deed ends in tragedy when the German pilot fatally stabs Blake. Dodging German patrols, Schofield, now alone, manages to make it to the Second Battalion headquarters. He now has to tell Lieutenant Blake the terrible news that his brother is dead. But Schofield’s big job is to convince the commander, Colonel Mackenzie, not to attack. That it’s a German trap. Even holding a written warning in his hand, will Schofield be believed? That’s the big question.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 90%
- Metacritic Score: 78
Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Motion Picture- Drama; Best Director (Sam Mendes)
Academy Awards: Received 10 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Sam Mendes), and Best Original Screenplay (Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns)
It was chosen by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of the year.
Selected #1 Film of the Year by the New York Post, Charlotte Observer, and WABV-TV
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1917 clocks in at 120 minutes but nevertheless manages to be grander in emotional heft, technical innovation and with visuals that will sear into your retinas. 1917 is a modern war classic and one of the best movies of the year.”—Johnny Oleksinski, “New York Post”
The war movie is a Hollywood staple, so much so that there might not be much new to say. But Sam Mendes has found a way to breathe life into the genre with a simple story, imaginatively told. It’s arguably the year’s most impressive cinematic accomplishment.
Director Sam Mendes marries technical virtuosity with jittery thrills and an emotional core to reinvent the Great War movie—and delivers possibly his best film. It’s a work of sweeping scale yet pinpoint intimacy.
Spectacular, shocking and masterfully stylized, it deserves all the prizes it’ll take.
Sam Mendes turns western front horror into a single-shot masterpiece.
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