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Overlord (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 8 October 1977 (Hungary)
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During the Second World War a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.


Stuart Cooper


Christopher Hudson (original screenplay), Stuart Cooper (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Stirner ... Tom
Davyd Harries ... Jack
Nicholas Ball ... Arthur
Julie Neesam ... The Girl
Sam Sewell Sam Sewell ... The Trained Soldier
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Dad
Stella Tanner Stella Tanner ... Mum
Harry Shacklock Harry Shacklock ... Stationmaster
David Scheuer David Scheuer ... Medical Officer
Ian Liston Ian Liston ... Barrack Guard
Lorna Lewis Lorna Lewis ... Prostitute
Stephen Riddle Stephen Riddle ... Dead German Soldier
Jack Le White Jack Le White ... Barman
Mark Penfold Mark Penfold ... Photographer
Micaela Minelli Micaela Minelli ... Little Girl


During the Second World War a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.

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Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

8 October 1977 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Az Overlord hadművelet See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is referenced in the series 1 closer (episode 10) of "Hazell", a 1978 television series starring Nicholas Ball - "introduced" in Overlord. Private eye James Hazell pauses during his search around Soho for a missing girl. Behind him, full frame, is a poster for Overlord. See more »


[last line]
Arthur: Oh, God, he's dead! Fuck!
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We Don't Know Where We're Going
Written by Ralph T. Butler (as Ralph Butler) & Noel Gay
Sung by Nick Curtis
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War. Is. Zzzzzz(?)
16 December 2013 | by natashabowiepinkySee all my reviews

There are some who will proclaim this to be a modern classic, a brilliant parable on the realities of war and the effect it can have on the psyche. I cannot agree. Through all of the archive montages of buildings being set on fire, planes flying through the air and squaddies setting out to sea, I was just twiddling my fingers. If I wanted to see old Pathe footage, I would have watched a documentary. But I didn't, so the fact so much of it takes up the meagre 72 minutes running time strikes me as outright lazyness.

Mind you, what's actually been shot for the film isn't too great either, as our too-polite-by-half main character gets enrolled in the army during training scenes that are about 1% as interesting as those in Full Metal Jacket. We then follow his career until D-Day itself, falling in love with a girl at a bar and voicing his disquiet at the conflict in the letters he sends. Problem is, this bloke is as dull as ditchwater, and his fellow soldiers, on the rare occasions they open their mouths, are just a bunch of one-dimensional stereotypes. The most interesting participant here is Tina, the cocker spaniel our young recruit says goodbye to at the start. Someone get that dog a contract.

I can appreciate the use of a bit of celluloid material from back then, to set the scene and give us an idea of what life was like during the period. But here, it monopolises half the length, which is far too much for a product marketed as a movie. And why did they have to choose to follow someone so vanilla in the title role? I was reminded of the film Titanic, where despite the hundreds more enthralling prospects on board, the director opted to show us the lives of the two most tedious passengers. WHY?? By the time his eventual fate is revealed, and has done or said nothing to endear us to him... so, who cares?

War can be many things... but surely it should not send you to sleep? 4/10

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