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Tunes of Glory

  • Drama
  • 1960
  • Ronald Neame
  • 102 mins
  • PG

Summary

A strait-laced officer takes up his new posting as CO of a Highland regiment. However, problems spring up when he clashes with his easygoing predecessor almost every step of the way. The friction between the two military men leads to no end of tension for the soldiers. Drama, starring Alec Guinness, John Mills, Susannah York and Dennis Price.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

John Mills won best actor at the Venice film festival for his priggish performance in this stiff-upper-lipped military drama, but few critics would have had any complaints had he shared the prize with his co-star Alec Guinness. Mills is the blue-blooded Pacific veteran who's determined to make his new Highland regiment fit for the demands of peacetime, while Guinness is the time-serving Alamein hero who remains stubbornly obsessed with past glories. James Kennaway was Oscar nominated for his bombastic script, which he adapted from his own novel. If Ronald Neame's direction is occasionally stodgy, the central conflict between Mills and Guinness remains compelling, while the resolution has lost none of its shocking power.

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Credits

Cast

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Lt Col Jock SinclairAlec Guinness
Lt Col Basil BarrowJohn Mills
Major Charlie ScottDennis Price
Morag SinclairSusannah York
Corporal Piper FraserJohn Fraser
Captain Eric SimpsonAllan Cuthbertson
MaryKay Walsh
Pony MajorJohn MacKenzie (2)
Captain Jimmy CairnsGordon Jackson
Pipe Major MacLeanDuncan Macrae
PiperKeith Faulkner
Lieutenant David MacKinnonPeter McEnery
Major Hugo MacMillanGerald Harper
RSM RiddickPercy Herbert
Major "Dusty" MillerPaul Whitson-Jones
Captain Alec RattrayRichard Leech

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DirectorRonald Neame

Details

Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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