The Charge of the Light Brigade
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The Charge of the Light Brigade -- Loosely drawn from Tennyson's poem on an incident in the Crimean War, the Hollywood version saves it for the finale in the story of brothers (Errol Flynn and Patric Knowles) who have a falling out over a woman (Olivia de Havilland) while soldiering in Imperial India, then meet again in 1856 when the nobler of the two leads 600 lancers against an artillery emplacement at Balaclava. Director Michael Curtiz downplays the sudsy romance in favor of military action, with the Indian massacre of a British outpost as motivation for the famous charge, vividly re-created here in a sweeping set piece of men and horses dashing across a landscape riddled with shot and shell. The result is stirring entertainment with some noble sentiments but little regard for history. (A-I) (br) 1936
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