The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

TitleThe Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1968
AuthorsRichardson, Tony
Running Time2h 19min
Date Released04/10/1968
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication LanguageEnglish

Director Tony Richardson used one of the biggest blunders in British military history to offer commentary on the ongoing Vietnam War. This film chronicles the events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia, the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 which climaxed with the heroic, but near-disastrous cavalry charge made by the British Light Brigade against a Russian artillery battery in a small valley which resulted in the near-destruction of the brigade due to error of judgment and rash planning on part by the inept British commanders. This film followed an earlier version The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

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