The Good Soldier (1981 film)

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The Good Soldier
Directed byKevin Billington
Produced byPeter Eckersley
Screenplay byJulian Mitchell
Based onThe Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
Music byJohn McCabe
CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts
Edited byEdward Mansell
Release date
  • 15 April 1981 (1981-04-15)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Good Soldier is a 1981 British television drama film directed by Kevin Billington, starring Robin Ellis, Vickery Turner, Jeremy Brett and Susan Fleetwood. It tells the story of two couples that fall apart due to lies and infidelity. The film is based on the 1915 novel of of the same name by Ford Madox Ford. It was produced by Granada Television.[1]



The Good Soldier premiered on British television in 1981.[1] It was broadcast on the American network PBS in 1983 as an episode of the series Masterpiece Theatre.[2]


In a contemporary review, the New York Times wrote the series was "adapted beautifully" and "it has been transposed to the television screen splendidly... This is a powerfully intelligent and insightful work."[3] In a 2015 review of the book, Kevin T. Di Camillo called the adaptation "pretty forgettable".[4]


  1. ^ a b "The Good Soldier (1981)". Films & TV programmes. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ "The Good Soldier". PBS. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. ^ O'Connor, John J. (17 January 1983). "Ford Maddox Fords' The Good Soldier". New York Times. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier at 100: A Tale of Passion