>>The judging criteria do not include historical accuracy, whether the correct buttons and rank insignia were worn, or whether the film is a ‘visceral and worthy portrayal of the realities of war’ or some other such artsy bollocks, instead, it is simply enjoyability for a wet Sunday afternoon in. So, it is not a list for the film buff, historian or the yoghurt-weaving wheatgrass smoothy types for them to bemoan the inhumanity and pointlessness of war.
>>Most of these have a back story that is as good as, if not better, than the film.
>>In reverse order, the Top 25 British War Films:
>> . . 20 – Master and Commander
>> . . Russell Crowe is actually very good in this.
>>Capt. Jack Aubrey: England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship *is* England.
>>Watch it because…
>>The Royal Navy giving the French a proper kicking.
>>The lesser of two weevils
>> . . 1 – Zulu
>>Zulu is a 1964 epic war film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War. It depicts 150 British soldiers, many of whom were sick and wounded patients in a field hospital, who successfully held off a force of 4,000 Zulu warriors.
>>Probably no surprise this is Number 1
>>Forget the outrageous slurs on the good character of Private Henry Hook (who was a model soldier and campaigning tee-totaller) andCommissaryy James Langley Dalton (who was the most experienced soldier at the mission station and widely credited with initiating the defence)
>>Forget British War Films, this is the best War Film full stop, in fact, forget War Films, Zulu is without a shadow of a doubt, THE best film ever made
>>The best bits are far too many to list.
>>Colour Sergeant Bourne: It’s a miracle.
>>Lieutenant John Chard: If it’s a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it’s a short chamber Boxer Henry point 45 caliber miracle.
>>Colour Sergeant Bourne: And a bayonet, sir, with some guts behind.
>>The final scene is, as the kids say, awesome: