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The Way Ahead

  • Film

Time Out says

Scripted by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov, this is more complex than Dick Lester's scornful '60s parody of it in How I Won the War suggests. Reed achieves his transformation of a bunch of lazy, quarrelsome civilians into a proficient fighting force with a minimum of machismo and glory. Unlike today's sinister professional force, this is a people's army. Niven's officer is a car mechanic up from the ranks, and Hartnell's thin-lipped sergeant scourges out class differences with a rigorous application of army discipline. Despite a framework which stresses regimental traditions and military valour, the film's celebration of the ordinary man as soldier leaves a residue of radicalism.
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Release Details

  • Duration:115 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Carol Reed
  • Screenwriter:Eric Ambler, Peter Ustinov
  • Cast:
    • David Niven
    • Stanley Holloway
    • Raymond Huntley
    • William Hartnell
    • James Donald
    • John Laurie
    • Leslie Dwyer
    • Hugh Burden
    • Jimmy Hanley
    • Renee Asherson
    • Trevor Howard
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