The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion)
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The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion)
The Immortal Battalion has a bit of a convoluted history. It started life as a training film, The New Lot, which ran 44 minutes. When Winston Churchill approached David Niven about creating a film that would do for the British Army what In Which We Serve had done for the Royal Navy, he contacted Carol Reed and suggested expanding The New Lot. The result, written by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov, was the acclaimed The Way Ahead. For its U.S. release, Way Ahead was edited to a shorter length and retitled The Immortal Battalion. In either of its feature length forms, the film is concerned with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Direction by Carol Reed is competent, and undoubtedly accounts for the underlying genuineness of the picture as a semi-documentary."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Bracing, spirited and lovely."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Captain Reed directs his superb cast headed by Colonel Niven in a film of humour and integrity."
‑ , Film4
"A warm and touching tribute to the British Army infantryman."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Carol Reed directed this 1944 war film from a script by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Despite a framework which stresses regimental traditions and military valour, the film's celebration of the ordinary man as soldier leaves a residue of radicalism."
‑ , Time Out
"A rousing flag-waving war drama about the British Army, that was shot during the war and grew out of being a training film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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