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Genres: Action , Adventure , Romance
Actors: Errol Flynn , Olivia de Havilland , Patric Knowles , Henry Stephenson , Nigel Bruce , Donald Crisp , David Niven , C. Henry Gordon , G.P. Huntley , Robert Barrat , Spring Byington , E.E. Clive , J. Carrol Naish , Walter Holbrook , Princess Baba
Director: Michael Curtiz
Country: United States
Year: 1936
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 (2385 votes)

Major Vickers is an officer at the 27th Lancers in India 1856. When the regiment is on maneuver, the barracks are attacked by Surat Khan and his soldiers who massacre British women and children. This leaves an inextinguishable memory and Vickers promises to revenge the dead.

Film Review

Good, polished Flynn-De Havilland film, though not a patch on the likes of Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Flynn is heroic and dashing as Major Geoffrey Vickers, but De Havilland's young maiden Elsa Campbell inexplicably prefer's Flynn's on-screen brother Patric Knowles to him. What were the scriptwriters thinking?? Who would choose Knowles over Errol Flynn? And as it was the team's second film together, you would have thought that the pair would get more romantic scenes together, not virtually none. De Havilland is also rather annoying as Elsa, probably because she doesn't go for Errol! But the love triangle is really the sub-plot to the story of the charge of the British lancers who Flynn leads into battle against Surat Khan (a deliciously villainous C.Henry Gordon). Curtiz gives his usual well-paced direction, and the directing and editing in the final charge sequence is superb (though unfortunately 600 horses were killed). I also really liked ho…

Warner Brothers covered the valorous 600 British cavalry of the Tennyson poem with glory in the studio's stirring tribute to the fearless assault at Balaklava in the face of sheer death. Although the final result of the charge was devastating, history has recorded the incident as a colossal blunder. Director Michael Curtiz and scenarists Michael Jacoby and Rowland Leigh mention the word 'blunder' only once during this black & white film's 116 running time. Indeed, they have changed up most of the names, except for Lord Raglan and the Crimean setting. The story itself is basically revenge motivated and Major Geoffrey Vickers (Errol Flynn of "Captain Blood") emerges as the hero who dies in battle after he runs a lance through the ruthless villain. Warner Brothers took some liberties with the subject matter, but then this was a big-budgeted spectacle and Curtiz films everything with gusto. The unfortunate part of "The Charge of the Light Brigade&#x…

I give it a decent grade for action and drama. But like the poem of the same name, the movie glorifies a fine example of stupidity. The charge accomplished nothing militarily. While the brigade was not completely destroyed, it suffered terribly, with 118 men killed, 127 wounded and about 60 taken prisoner. After regrouping, only 195 men still had horses. The futility of the action and its recklessness prompted the commanding French Marshal Pierre Bosquet to state: "It is magnificent, but it is not war. It is madness." The Russian commanders believed that the British soldiers were drunk.So, the next time someone says, "Ours is not to reason why, ours but to do & die," remind them that it's from a poem about a military suicide run.