Overlord (1975)

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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Overlord feels like a small but vivid tragedy inside an epic container.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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.

Tom Grieve
The Skinny

A glimpse of both the inner life of the soldier waiting for combat, and the literal reality of the most devastating war the world has ever seen.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

Nan Robertson
New York Times

A majestic, somber work about war.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

[...] Overlord's vision of war is still unlike that of any other fiction feature: more jarring, and more awe-inspiring.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Overlord, a prize-winning entry in the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, deserves to join the pantheon of essential World War II combat movies.


Cooper gives it the right understated, unheroic feel.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A film that slipped through the cracks.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
WWII through the eyes of an average, somewhat inept British foot soldier. Director Stuart Cooper effectively interlaces real war footage with scenes of the… More
Emily B.
An interesting premise. The period leading up to D-Day through the eyes of a young soldier, mixed with actual newsreel footage in between. I've always… More
Gordon Anderson
Clever interweaving of fictional story and archival footage which works better as a documentary than a drama.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Overlord" is a haunting and moving film about a dutiful but not gung-ho young English soldier, Tom Beddoes(Brian Stirner), who… More