The Trench (film)

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The Trench
The Trench (film) 1999.jpg
Directed by William Boyd
Produced by Steve Clark-Hall
Written by William Boyd

Paul Nicholls

Daniel Craig
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Danny Dyer
James D'Arcy
Edited by Jim Clark
Distributed by Arts Council of England
Release date
  • 17 September 1999 (1999-09-17) (UK)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Trench is a 1999 independent war film directed by William Boyd that portrays a group of young British soldiers on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in the last 48 hours.[2] The film stars Paul Nicholls, James D'Arcy.

Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw and Charlie Crick (uncredited) also appear.


The film paints a picture of the soldiers’ emotional experience in the confines of the trenches; an experience running the gamut from boredom to fear, panic to restlessness. Billy MacFarlane (Paul Nicholls), 17, along with his older brother, Eddie (Tam Williams), has volunteered for service. The whole platoon, all of them in their late teens, depend on the war-hardened Sergeant Winter (Daniel Craig) and the scholarly Lieutenant Hart (Julian Rhind-Tutt) for their survival. When word arrives that the platoon will join the first wave of attacks, they do not yet know they will be present when the British Army loses the greatest number of soldiers in a single day in its history.



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