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Would not want to be an extra or a horse in this


I watched this, despite the hammy performances and overwrought and plodding story line, because I read that the battle scenes were especially intense. The impression I got was yes . . . intensely cruel.

You can see exactly why trip lines became illegal in the US and elsewhere. It looks like several horses broke their necks. Not much more care seems to have been taken with the human battle extras, who are flipping and flopping every which way and taking all kinds of impacts. It doesn't add up to greater verisimilitude, just a desperate attempt to outdo predecessors. Then you have the "subjective camera angle" during the charges. Sounds like a good idea but it looks exactly like a camera mounted on a jeep driving through a crowd of extras trying like the devil to get out of its way.

If you are a Britfilm fan like me or a war film buff then you are going to see this no matter what, but it doesn't rate very high in my book. LAWRENCE and ZULU are the best in this genre.


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"Sounds like a good idea but it looks exactly like a camera mounted on a jeep driving through a crowd of extras trying like the devil to get out of its way."

haha, that's hilarious, just saw it the other day & kinda thought the exact same thing

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You're so right!😞 I'm watching this right now, and a few minutes ago there was an awful scene in which three horses were apparently tripped and appeared to break their necks. This is disgusting. Heston and the rest had a lot to answer for, appearing in a film in which horses were killed for no justifiable reason.

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according to article @TCM.com:
"Despite a number of horrific looking equine wipeouts in these hyper-realistic battle sequences, Canutt revealed in his autobiography Stunt Man that "there were no injuries to a single horse in our work. However, two of the mounted police, during the lunch hour, were playing the game "Chicken." They rode at a full run toward each other and neither one would turn his horse. A head-on collusion occurred that crippled two good horses. I stopped that game, but quick, and fired the men responsible."

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Canutt was a piece of *beep* and a liar. Heston was a low life too when it comes to this matter. He had no trouble with animals getting killed as long as he gets paid. I have made an gif animation of just one horse falling on a trip wire and convulsing immediately. Anyone who knows horses will tell you that horse either died in the next minute or has been shot. Here is the link, copy and paste it in the address bar: http://i.imgur.com/EbxMqJ2.gifv

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Sounds more like you're just a PETA cultist.

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Sounds like you're a heartless s.o.b.

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No, just practical. Looks like the movie production staff had a large crew that needed meals.

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Some of those scenes were very brutal specially on the Horses.

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I want to watch this based on your description

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