The Way Ahead

Film, Drama

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.

By: RMy


Release details

115 mins

Cast and crew

Carol Reed
Eric Ambler, Peter Ustinov
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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