The Charge of the Light Brigade

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United Artists Released 1968

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  • Trivia

    • When this film first opened in London in April of 1968, its director, Tony Richardson, caused a storm of controversy by refusing to show it at a press show in advance of the premiere. He gained a great deal of publicity by referring to the London film critics as "eunuchs"; many felt obliged to praise the film in order to show they were not affected by this insult. However, it eventually emerged that, in fact, Richardson had not finished editing the film by the time of the premiere, and hence it was not in a fit state to be shown to critics a few days earlier. A brief animation sequence was added to the film after the London opening.

  • Quotes

    • Lord Raglan: It will be a sad day when the British army is officered by men who know what they are doing. Smacks of murder.

    • Lord Raglan: Airey! You've lost the Light Brigade!

    • Featherstonehaugh: You're a madman, sir!
      Captain Lewis Nolan: And you are on your arse, sir.

    • Lord Cardigan: If they can't fornicate, they can't fight; and if they can't fight, I'll flog their backs raw, for all their fine looks.

    • Lord Cardigan: I do not propose to recount the history of my life in any detail, what is what. No damn business of anyone's, what is what. I am Lord Cardigan. That is what.

  • Notes

    • Captain Lewis Nolan was a real person who was indeed killed at the charge of the Light Brigade; however, he was not involved in the notorious "black bottle" incident of several months earlier, as this film depicts. It was a Captain Reynolds who was accused by Lord Cardigan of ordering a "black bottle" at dinner (which Cardigan insisted was beer, though it was actually Moselle), when officers traditionally drank only champagne. The wine had actually been ordered by the journalist William Russell, who was a guest at the dinner.

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Military & War