1917 (2019)


1917 is an British-American war film directed by Sam Mendes and co-written by Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. It stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The film is based in part on an account told to Mendes by his paternal grandfather, Alfred Mendes.


At the height of the First World War during Spring 1917 in northern France, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are given a seemingly impossible mission to deliver a message which will warn of an ambush during one of the skirmishes soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich.

The two recruits race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men, which includes Blake’s own brother, from walking into a deadly trap.

The pair must give their all to accomplish their mission by surviving the war to end all wars.

Trivia & Goofs

  • Filming began on 01 April 2019, and continued through June 2019 in Wiltshire, Hankley Common and Govan, Scotland, as well as Shepperton Studios.
  • Concern was raised over the planned filming on Salisbury Plain by conservationists who felt the production could disturb potentially undiscovered remains in the area, requesting a survey be conducted before any construction for sets begin on the land.
  • Sections of the film were also shot in and around Low Force, on the River Tees, Teesdale in June 2019. The production staff had to install signs warning walkers in the area not be alarmed by the bodies strewn around the site as they were prosthetic.
  • Filming was accomplished with long takes and elaborately choreographed moving camera shots to give the effect of one continuous take.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Sam Mendes.
  • Producers: Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall & Brian Oliver.
  • Writers: Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
  • Music: THomas Newman.
  • Cinematography: Roger Deakins.
  • Editor: Lees Mith.
  • Production: Dreamworks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, NEw Republic Pictures, Neal Street Productions, and Amblin Partners.
  • Distributor: Universal Pictures.
  • Release Date: 25 December 2019 (US), 10 January 2020 (General Release).
  • Running time: 110 minutes.
  • Country: UK & US.
  • Language: English.

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