1917 2020 REVIEW With Complete Cast

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Main Actor And Actresses In 1917 (2020)

The leading characters of the film 1917 (2020) are George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Claire Duburcq. George plays Lance Corporal William “Will” Schofield while Dean as Lance Corporal Thomas “Tom” Blake, and Claire as Lauri.

These awesome characters played very well to not just prove their performance, but of course, to catch every minute of their audience’s eyes.

In this film, we have seen George and Dean as soldiers and serving their country from WAR. They spend their entire life for the country to protect and keep it alive. However, George MacKay, born on March 13, 1992, and is a British actor. George has acted in various films, stage plays, television dramas, and other media as well.

MacKay was the one who got the nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award back in the year 2014, and he also won the Trophée Chopard in 2017 at the Cannes Film Festival. Thus, George MacKay was actually born in the city’s Hammersmith district.

His parents are Kim Baker, who is a British costume designer, while Paul MacKay, who is an Australian working in stage/lighting management. He has only one younger sister. George MacKay spent his complete childhood in Barnes.

The second leading character, Dean Charles Chapman, an English actor, was born on September 7, 1997. He is talented and probably known for portraying Billy Elliot under the West End theatre production of Billy Elliot the Musical, as well as in the drama series of HBO, Games of Thrones of Tommen Baratheon in the fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons.

Dean Charles Chapman started his working career as a child actor when he just was at the age of four. However, when he turns to eight, he was successfully cast as “Small Boy” in the popular and well-known Billy Elliot the Musical.

Meanwhile, when he was busy with Billy Elliot, he also worked beside the great Spider-Man actor Tom Holland. Dean also got this brilliant opportunity to meet the U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, along with many other young actors.

After playing those minor characters, he was finally offered in 2019, he was cast, besides George MacKay, and he is in the two leads of the movie 1917 (2020) directed by Sam Mendes. Although, this movie is actually based on a concept of WAR and went on to get ten Academy Award nominations. Subsequently, Dean played the lead role in that movie with George MacKay.

Claire Duburcq is a British actress and currently plays a leading character in the war film 1917. She played her character very well and performed in a leading character alongside Dean Charles Chapman and George MacKay.

She got her brown hair and eyes from her mother; however, her birth-year still didn’t disclose yet. She is a wonderful actress and played so many successful characters in her career. Although she is new to the industry, she still manages to get various characters, including the leading ones.

1917 (2020 Review) Overview

Movie Plot: this movie is about a WAR. On 6 April 1917, an aerial survey has seen that the German army, which has pulled back from a quarter of the Western Front in northern France. Though, it is not in recession but has made a kind of strategic withdrawal to the new Hindenburg Line, where they are serving to overwhelm the British with cannons.

In the British trenches, with the lines cutting of field telephone, there are two young British Lance Corporals, one is William Schofield, who is an expert of the Somme, and the other one is Tom Blake, who is there at the moment via General Erinmore to further carry a message and deliver to Colonel Mackenzie of the Second Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment.

General Erinmore delivers a message in which they are calling off a scheduled attack the next morning that would risk the lives of 1,600 men, in which Blake’s brother Lieutenant Joseph involved as well. Blake and Schofield cross no man’s property to enter the abandoned German trenches.

Furthermore, when they are busy in this process, in underground barracks, they finally discover a tripwire set through the Germans, which is quickly triggered by a rat; and as the results, the explosion nearly kills Schofield, but Blake was there who saves him, and the other two escape as well.

However, they actually enter an abandoned farmhouse, where they also found a German plane that is almost shot down in a dogfight along with Allied aircraft. After that, Blake and Schofield successfully save the burned pilot, but unfortunately, the pilot uses his knife and stabs Blake whereas, Schofield shoots him right away. 

Schofield encourages Blake as he dies due to the stabbing; Schofield also promising Blake that he will complete the mission and inform Blake’s mother. Holding Blake’s rings and his dog tag with Erinmore’s letter, Schofield is picked up through a passing British unit.

A destroyed canal bridge comes near to the Écoust-Saint-Mein stops the British lorries from passaging, and Schofield prefers to part with them. Schofield collects what is left of the bridge and decided to cross alone, and becomes under fire from a distant sniper.

Therefore, in the process of exchanging shots, Schofield injures the sniper while shooting at each other simultaneously. After some moment, the sniper is killed, whereas Schofield finds himself stuck in the helmet and tapped out.

In the situation, Schofield also sees a woman who is hiding in trees with an infant. The lady helps him while treating his wounds, and Schofield gives the woman his canned food and a glass of milk from the farm. Schofield leaves when his wounds healed. He comes to the forest, and he also finds D Company from the 2nd Devons, which would be the last wave of the war attack.

In the last moment, Schofield successfully delivers Blake’s letter to his mother. Schofield also took out the photographs of his wife and children and stared at them for a while.

More Information Related To The Movie 1917 (2020)

GenreWar, Drama, History
RatingR (Some Disturbing Images|Language|Violence)
DirectorSam Mendes
Original LanguageEnglish
ProducerSam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall, Brian Oliver
WriterSam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Release Date (Streaming)25 December 2019
Release Date (Theaters)10 Jan 2020 wide
Box Office (Gross USA)$159.2M
Runtime1h 59min
Sound mixDolby Atmos
Production CoNeal Street Productions, Amblin Entertainment
Aspect RatioScope (2.35:1)

1917 (2020) Directed By Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes, a wonderful director, and producer were born on August 1, 1965. He is an English stage and film director, along with the part of a screenwriter and a producer as well. However, in theatre, Sam basically is known for his dark and brilliant re-inventions of the stage musicals Company (1995), Cabaret (1993), Oliver! (1994), and Gypsy (2003).

Sam is the one who directed his original West End stage musical first-ever in his lifetime with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013). Although, for directing this another play, The Ferryman, Sam Mendes was also got an award for the category of the best direction at the Tony Award in 2019.

In the film, Sam made his directorial debut with his drama American Beauty (1999); he was also earned the best Academy Award as well as the Golden Globe Award for the category of the Best Director. Mendes has since directed his film, which is based on a crime Road to Perdition (2002), and the drama Revolutionary Road (2008). He also directed the James Bond films Skyfall (2012), including Spectre (2015).

Thus, for his WAR category film 1917, he already received the BAFTA Award for the category of the Best Direction, and he also got a second Golden Globe Award for the capability of his Best Direction. He got the second Academy Award nomination in the category of the Best Director; plus, Mendes was getting a nomination for the category of the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay as well.

Although, in 2000, Sam Mendes was selected as a CBE to provide his services to drama, and Mendes was getting an honor titled in the list of the 2020 New Years Honours List. Sam Mendes, again in 2000, was awarded the Shakespeare Prize at the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Germany.

He was also awarded a lifetime achievement award in 2005 from the Directors Guild of Great Britain. He appeared in The Daily Telegraph in 2008 and ranked number 15 in the list of “100 most powerful people in British culture”.

Sam Mendes’s hometown is in Reading, Berkshire, he is the son of Valerie Mendes (née Barnett), who is an author and a publisher, and Jameson Peter Mendes, is a university professor.

Mendes’s father belongs to Trinidad and Tobago, whereas his mother belongs to an English Jew. Mendes’s grandfather was basically the Trinidadian writer Alfred Hubert Mendes.

He did his graduating from Cambridge in 1987; however, Mendes was hired at the Chichester Festival Theatre as an assistant director. Sam Mendes also started his professional directing career in September 1987 with the plays of a double bill of two Anton Chekhov, The Proposal, and The Bear.

He is a great director plus producer to provide such powerful and meaningful movies every time. His war based film 1917 would surely make a seat in the Oscar awards 2020.

1917 Film Complete Cast And Crew:

1917 is a 2019 based British war film which is directed and produced by the famous Sam Mendes. The film was written by Mendes along with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. This film has made up with so many great celebrities who performed very well to turn out the movie super-duper successful.

In this film, the cast includes:

  • George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield
  • Dean-Charles Chapman as Lance Corporal Blake
  • Andrew Scott as Lieutenant Leslie
  • Mark Strong as Captain Smith
  • Claire Duburcq as Lauri
  • Richard Madden as Lieutenant Joseph Blake
  • Colin Firth as General Erinmore
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Colonel Mackenzie
  • Daniel Mays as Sergeant Sanders
  • Adrian Scarborough as Major Hepburn
  • Sam Mendes as Director, Producer, Screenwriter
  • Krysty Wilson-Cairns as Screenwriter
  • Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall, Brian Oliver as Co.Producers
  • Jeb Brody as Executive Producer
  • Oleg Petrov as Executive Producer

The leading characters of the film include George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, along with Mark Strong, Claire Duburcq, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch giving their supporting roles.

This war based film is partially inspired by the stories told to Mendes via his paternal grandfather, Mr. Alfred Mendes. His grandfather told all the stories about his time when he served in World War I. This film also follows the story of two young British soldiers who received an ordered to deliver a message requesting a doomed offensive attack.

This message is really very important for one soldier because his brother is the one who will involve in the attack. Thus, this film project was officially being announced in the month of June 2018. MacKay and Chapman are the ones who signed on in the month of October, and the other cast and crew of the film signing in March.

Furthermore, this film has completed during the period of April to June 2019 with cinematographer Roger Deakins in the UK. With another editor, Lee Smith helping with some long takes to have the entire film look like two continuous shots.

1917 film premiered held in the UK on December 4, 2019, and it was basically released theatrically on 25 December in the United States by Universal Pictures. The film 1917 will be releasing on 10 January 2020 in the United Kingdom by Entertainment One.

The film already received widespread critical praise as well; it was a huge box office success, earning around $384 million worldwide. Moreover, the audience would love to see the nominations/winning entry of this film in the Oscars award 2020 as well.

Critics And Review:

  • Detroit News (Adam Graham) (14 January 2020)

Such a powerful, full of thrilling, unnerving ride that achieves its goal of turning the first-person experience of war more reliable than any war movies I have seen so far. It’s really a level up film for me.

  • London Evening Standard (Devid Sexton) (14 January 2020)

The film 1917 packed with so much thrill, action, and of course, love of a soldier to another one. This film is moving on dramatically from one shocking bearing point to another, studying the story too with starry cameos.

  • New Yorker (Richard Brody) (10 January 2020)

Well, Mendes never failed our expectations for sure. He is perfectly displaying the vivid imagination of a war boy who delivers a General message so timely.

  • Salon.com (Matthew Rotza) (10 January 2020)

From the remaining perspective of the filmmaking art, “1917” is definitely worth a watch. If someone needs to give peace to his/her mind, then go and watch the film ahead.

  • Independent (UK) (Clarisse Loughrey) (10 January 2020)

1917’s aggressive gambit soon turns up a double-edged sword: this film simply brings us closer to such men but introduces them apart from the group experiences it seeks to memorialize.

  • Arizona Republic (Bill Goodykoontz) (8 January 2020)

War is a thing that leaves its marks on the minds of people, and “1917” is really a good reminder, packed with flaws and all, and the amazing cast; hats off!

  • Financial Times (Danny Leigh) (8 January 2020)

If Mendes’ film-making career has not fully outgrown at the beginning of his debuts in theatre, then we can’t be able to watch such dramatic and reality-based war film, 1917.

  • Little White Lies (Greg Wetherall) (7 January 2020)

A huge professional achievement. This is such an impressive piece that actually low on plot but, of course, high on blistering performance.

  • Seattle Times (Moira MacDonald) (7 January 2020)

Chapman and MacKay were actually gone into their roles. They were the reason which is pulling us into the story.

  • Houston Chronicle (Cary Darling) (6 January 2020)

“War is hell,” said Union general William Tecumseh Sherman. And that’s how, Mr. Sam Mendes in his film “1917,” says, “Hold my beer.”

  • Sydney Morning Herald (Paul Byrnes) (6 January 2020)

I just love the overall impact of the film 1917, which is simply breathtaking, appalling, horrifying at the same time. It offers a compelling story that surely makes everyone’s heart numb.

  • CNN.com (Brian Lowry) (27 December 2019)

Yet the story opens with considerable sensitivity, while it is also offering plenty of unforgettable images and capturing the chaos, including fear of trench warfare.

  • BBC.com (Caryn James) (27 December 2019)

Breakthrough performances and director Sam Mendes share the experience with two young British soldiers who spent their time on a night-long mission.

  • TIME Magazine (Stephanie Zacharek) (26 December 2019)

Sam Mendes has made a terrifying film that gives us some goosebumps with the fully alive performances. It’s a nicely polished picture.

  • Associated Press (Jocelyn Noveck) (26 December 2019)

Sam Mendes has actually taken top technology, plus he also showed us the best cinematography in one picture.

  • RogerEbert.com (Peter Sobczynski) (25 December 2019)

Sitting and watching this film is like someone else, playing a video game for two solid hours.

Audience Review Of The Film 1917:

  • Karol A

Very inspiring and heart-touching movie.

  • Glenn W

I really like this decent story. Mendes did a good job and got my all appreciation for that special 10 minutes.

  • Brian W

I just breathe after 2hrs. This movie is full of intense scenes, emotions, and literally a complete package for me.

  • Betty

It was a great movie! My Dad actually told me some WORLD WAR II stuffs, and after watching this movie, I surely understand the feeling of our soldiers.

  • Joseph C

Great and interesting movie.

  • Keith L

The great war film, which gives us an interesting perspective.

  • Sheri

A true story, great movie, and great cinematography.

  • John

A perfect war movie; I love it tho.

  • Evy

Well, the film is pretty good; MacKay and Chapman were a good choice for these roles.

  • Harold

No doubt, an interesting movie! I have never seen such an energetic movie that would be packed with so much thrill and emotions.

  • Sewanee One

They are intelligently directed by Sam.

  • Evelyn

Brilliantly performed acting plus the amazing scenes increase the reality of the WAR.

  • Jaye W

Great story that shows loyalty and sacrifice to country and family.

  • Darlene C

Well, the film starts with a slow situation, but of course, it took all my attention at the end.

  • Robert Davis

Don’t forget to grab your popcorn and coke. This film surely builds your interest slowly.

  • Micheal W

A lot of tension and emotions can see in the film.

  • Movie Buff

Great movie plus great production. The entire cast and crew were on the top.

  • Judy Y

Powerful and incredible story! This sort of war story describes the amazing strength, perception, the will to live, and of course, the love of the country.

  • Jerry C

There was too much cruising over alleys and underground tunnels. Too many crossing open fields, but it is a touching true story.

  • KiKi

Great acting; I actually love some scenes that seemed legendary and hard to follow.

  • Pablo514

I will remember some emotion-packed scenes throughout my life.

  • Paula L T

Excellent movie. I will surely buy it if it needs to.

  • Stewmanji

This movie showed a standing story of the Great War in a very personal way. I also admire the soundtrack and the clarity of the picture meshed together.

  • Eddie R

Full of dramatic scenes, MacKay and Chapman, these are my favorite.

  • James

Fantastic picture camera work and, of course, the cinematography.

  • Aaron Bodhi

Beautiful cinematography, incredible acting, and a great script.

  • Jackie K

The movie is filmed so perfectly that you will feel that you are the one who leads the role.

  • Jonathan S

Some scenes are so realistic.

  • Issac M

Absolutely fascinating story. This film was really an emotional rollercoaster packed with action, drama, and thrill.

  • James T

Great story, authentic and gritty, and also looked amazing.

  • Agent 5150

The beautiful film looks good from the start till finish. I like the movie, it’s packed with all emotions and powerful features.

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