Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday's Film Adaption: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey.

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

When World War I breaks out, young Albert Narracott's beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Joey serves in both the British and German armies before he winds up alone in the dangerous area between the two sides-"No Man's Land." Albert is too young to enlist, but goes to France to save Joey.
Release Date: December 25, 2011
Running Time: 146 minutes
Jeremy Irvine as Albert Narracott
Emily Watson as Rose Narracott
Peter Mullan as Ted Narracott
Niels Arestrup as Grandfather
David Thewlis as Lyons
Tom Hiddleston as Captain James Nicholls
Benedict Cumberbatch as Major Jamie Stewart
Céline Buckens as Emilie
Toby Kebbell as Colin, the British soldier from South Shields
Hinnerk Schönemann as Peter, the German soldier from Düsseldorf
Patrick Kennedy as Lieutenant Charlie Waverly
Leonard Carow as Private Michael Schröder
David Kross as Private Gunther Schröder
Matt Milne as Andrew Easton
Robert Emms as David Lyons
Eddie Marsan as Sergeant Fry
Nicolas Bro as Private Friedrich Henglemann
Rainer Bock as Brandt
Geoff Bell as Sergeant Sam Perkins
Liam Cunningham as Army Doctor
Gerard McSorley as Market Auctioneer
Tony Pitts as Sergeant Martin
Pip Torrens as Major Tompkins
Philippe Nahon as French Auctioneer
Julian Wadham as British Captain in Trench
David Dencik as German Base Camp Officer
Edward Bennett as Cavalry Recruiting Officer
Johnny Harris as Infantry Recruiting Officer
Tam Dean Burn as British Medic in Trench
Maximilian Brückner as German Artillery Officer
Maggie Ollerenshaw as the Narracott's neighbour
84th Academy Awards--February 26, 2012
Best Picture--Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy---Nominated
Best Art Direction--Rick Carter (production designer), Lee Sandales (set decorator)---Nominated
Best Cinematography--Janusz Kamiński---Nominated
Best Original Score--John Williams---Nominated
Best Sound Editing--Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom---Nominated
Best Sound Mixing--Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Stuart Wilson---Nominated

65th British Academy Film Awards--February 12, 2012
Best Film Music--John Williams---Nominated
Best Cinematography--Janusz Kamiński---Nominated
Best Production Design--Rick Carter, Production Designer, Lee Sandales, Set Decorator---Nominated
Best Sound--Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymns--- Nominated
Best Special Visual Effects--Ben Morris, Neil Corbould---Nominated

69th Golden Globe Awards--January 15, 2012
Best Motion Picture – Drama---Nominated
Best Original Score--John Williams---Nominated



Author Bio:
Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write. He left teaching after ten years in order to set up 'Farms for City Children' with his wife. They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals. In 1999 this work was publicly recognized when he and his wife were awarded an MBE for services to youth. He is also a father and grandfather, so children have always played a large part in his life. Every year he and his family spend time in the Scilly Isles, the setting for three of his books.




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