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Quiet Tom leaves home and enters the world of war in the British Army with its anxious days of marching and training and waiting only to meet his quick and violent death on the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Overlord feels like a small but vivid tragedy inside an epic container."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"It's still a feat of period filmmaking. More than that, Overlord's revivification of a wasteland Europe offers up a powerful whip lesson for the postwar complacent."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"[...] Overlord's vision of war is still unlike that of any other fiction feature: more jarring, and more awe-inspiring."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"The overriding themes of the film are never broadly stated but are subtly revealed, and the horror and reality of war are quietly played out on both the human and panoramic levels with disturbing effect."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Though made 31 years after D-Day, the dramatic scenes have the period look of a '40s movie, which links them perfectly with the stunning archival footage."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"A majestic, somber work about war."
‑ Nan Robertson, New York Times
"A film that slipped through the cracks."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film plays like a 1950's B-movie with artistic pretensions."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Overlord, a prize-winning entry in the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, deserves to join the pantheon of essential World War II combat movies."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Cooper gives it the right understated, unheroic feel."
‑ , Variety
"An unknown classic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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