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A Foreign Field (Telefilm)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Telefilm: B-



Though it is a British TV movie, Charles Sturridge’s A Foreign Field (1993) has a great hybrid of American and British actors, and I mean good ones with formidable names and reputations.  The story centers on the reunion of three soldiers of WWIII (one British, two American) who return to Normandy for the 50th Anniversary of its liberation.  Leo McKern, Alec Guinness and John Randolph are the friends.  Jean Moreau and Lauren Bacall are the women who figure prominently, while Geraldine Chapman and Edward Herrmann are the younger generation visitors trying to keep up with it all.


Instead of being a morbid drama, this is a comedy/drama done with style, wit, resonance and class thanks to its exceptional cast in exceptional form.  Roy Clarke’s teleplay is intelligent and respectful of the past, the subject matter and the characters, which are developed very well and worthy of the actors who play them.  Its 89 minutes are just long enough to cover all the thoughts, feelings, realities and ramifications they go through and the warm and lively nature of the amazing chemistry between the cast makes A Foreign Field a DVD worth your time.


The 1.33 X 1 full frame image is a bit softer than expected, but watchable enough, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is simple without any real surrounds.  Extras include text on D-Day and cast filmographies.  This was a pleasant surprise and typical of the better BBC productions that do not get seen in the U.S. enough.  Acorn Media does it again.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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