.........in drama. Never heard of this film till I got hold of it a few days ago.
Guinness and Mills give towering performances. One as the bullish, 'one of the lads' hard drinking battalion leaders; the other as a repressed stiff upper lip leader for whom honour and decorum are everything.
Both could be suggested as playing against their traditional character type. The script is laced with the barely concealed bitterness that all the soldiers seem to feel for each other.
Gordon Jackson's adjutant is the only soldier who has perspective. The rest are consumed by their own demons. Dennis Price brilliantly plays the 'Iago' role. His sparing dialogue always contains critical insights into the weaknesses of his colleagues.
It is a tour-de-force of British film-making. Quite why this film has not been more loudly lauded is a mystery. Perhaps it is simply too revealing and negative about human behaviour although that did not stop films with a similarly cynical tone, such as The Hill, from being given classic status many years ago.
See it! 10/10.