Journey's End (2017 film)

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Journey's End
Journey's End (2017 film).png
British release poster
Directed bySaul Dibb
Produced byGuy de Beaujeu
Simon Reade
Written bySimon Reade
Based onJourney's End
by R. C. Sherriff
StarringSam Claflin
Asa Butterfield
Paul Bettany
Tom Sturridge
Toby Jones
Music byNatalie Holt
Hildur Guðnadóttir
CinematographyLaurie Rose
Edited byTania Reddin
Fluidity Films
Distributed byLionsgate
(United Kingdom)
Good Deed Entertainment
(United States)
Release date
  • 8 September 2017 (2017-09-08) (TIFF)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$1 million[1][2]

Journey's End is a 2017 British war film, based on the 1928 play Journey's End by R. C. Sherriff. Written by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb, it is the fifth film adaptation of the play, following Journey's End (1930), The Other Side (1931), Aces High (1976), and a 1988 BBC TV film (also Journey's End).[3] The film was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[4]


  • Asa Butterfield – Second Lieutenant Raleigh
  • Sam Claflin – Captain Stanhope
  • Paul Bettany – Lieutenant Osborne
  • Tom Sturridge – Second Lieutenant Hibbert
  • Toby Jones – Private Mason
  • Stephen Graham – Second Lieutenant Trotter
  • Robert Glenister – The Colonel
  • Nicholas Agnew – Corporal Pincher*
  • Miles Jupp – Hardy
  • Theo Barklem-Biggs – Watson*
  • Jake Curran – Hammond*
  • Andy Gathergood – Company Sergeant Major
  • Rupert Wickham – General Raleigh*
  • Jack Holden – Bert
  • Tom Ward-Thomas – Hardy's Subaltern*
  • Derek Barr – Transport Officer*
  • Jack Riddiford – Evans*
  • Elliot Balchin – Peters*
  • Alaïs Lawson – Angele*
  • Adam Colborne – Private Graham*
  • Eirik Bar – Ernst, German prisoner
  • Rose Reade – Margaret*
  • Harry Jardine – Ration Soldier*

* = new character, does not appear in the stage play


The proposed film was first announced in 2014, when it was intended to form part of the British commemoration of the First World War centenary. It was to be produced by Guy De Beaujeu, and was originally planned to be directed by David Grindley, who had previously directed a frequently revived stage production of the play.

Production was delayed by uncertainties over who held the film rights to the play in United Kingdom and Ireland: these had been thought to be with Warner Brothers, but, following pressure from Prince Andrew, it was found that they had lapsed in 2008.[citation needed]

Rights were due to be signed over to Fluidity Films on 2 June 2014. The film's producer confirmed that the ideal cast might include Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne, but that no actors had yet been approached.[5][6][7] Further press information in December 2016 announced that the cast would now include Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge and Toby Jones, and that the film was due for release in 2017.[8]

The film received a wider theatrical release in Spring 2018, 100 years after the events of the Spring Offensive which it depicts.[9]


Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 93% based on 89 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Journey's End brings R.C. Sherriff's 90-year-old play to the screen with thrilling power, thanks to director Saul Dibb's hard-hitting urgency and brilliant work from a talented cast."[10] Metacritic gave the film a score of 73 out of 100 based on 27 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]

Simran Hans of The Observer gave the film 3 stars out of 5, saying, "Sam Claflin is particularly good as the boozy, brooding Captain Stanhope, whose intensity, belligerence and self-loathing flesh out what might in less capable hands have been a cliched, shell-shocked soldier."[12] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 4 stars out of 5, calling it "expertly cast and really well acted: forthright, powerful, heartfelt."[13] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter commented that "the film serves to illuminate how very different the British army – or any army – was then, with its class distinctions and comparatively polite conversational modes, and how differently wars are now fought."[14] Dennis Harvey of Variety said, "The convincing physical production is shot in muddy earthtones by Laurie Rose and is well accentuated by an original score of urgent, mournful strings."[15]


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  2. ^ "Journey's End". The Numbers. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Journey's End (1988), TV Movie on IMDb film database". Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  4. ^ Pond, Steve (15 August 2017). "Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson, Louis CK Movies Added to Toronto Film Festival Lineup". TheWrap. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  5. ^ Child, Ben (2 June 2014). "Cumberbatch and Hiddleston rumoured for Journey's End film". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. ^ Hellen, Nicholas (1 June 2014). "Sherlock set for a toff life in trenches". The Sunday Times. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  7. ^ Denham, Jess (2 June 2014). "Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston tipped to play officers in Journey's End movie". The Independent. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  8. ^ Alberge, Dalya (8 December 2016). "It's set in the trenches but it's not a war film". The Observer. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  9. ^ Busch, Anita (13 November 2017). "Journey's End acquired By Good Deed Entertainment, will debut in U.S. in 2018". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Journey's End (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Journey's End Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  12. ^ Hans, Simran (4 February 2018). "Journey's End review – handsome first world war drama". The Observer. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  13. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (1 February 2018). "Journey's End review – horror, humour and humanity in the trenches". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  14. ^ McCarthy, Todd (18 September 2017). "'Journey's End': Film Review | TIFF 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  15. ^ Harvey, Dennis (19 September 2017). "Toronto Film Review: 'Journey's End'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 7 February 2018.

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