A lifetime officer and an educated scion of an old military family battle each other to win the loyalties of a peacetime Scottish batallion. Ronald Neame’s portrayal of the rigid hierarchy of military life also examines the institutional contradictions and class divisions of English society.
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Alec Guinness gives a beautiful performance here as a man struggling with his own insignificance and inevitable driving another man into madness. A stunning look at a harsh uncaring world that thrives on brotherhood.