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    Backtracking through this thread to the mention of escorts accompanying prisoners to Colchester. One of our senior NCOs had to escort a prisoner to Colchester (we, being in the RAF) and was told to double march by an army corporal. The ensuing chaos when he refused point blank, needed the intervention on the phone by a Squadron Leader. After much gnashing of teeth and shouting and negotiation, the army guards relented. But it left a very shocked RAF sergreant to return to base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Brent
    A tragic, brutal and disturbing story about the running of a British Army Military Prison, set in the heat of the Libyan desert, circa WW2.

    It is all the more shocking to hear that such military prisons and indeed punishments such as "The Hill" did exist.

    Incredible performances from a strong cast including - Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Ian Hendry and Sir Michael Redgrave.

    Loses nothing for being in black & white and the lack of colour actually enhances the gripping nature of the story.

    Not a light film to watch but it does deserve repeated viewings.

    An underated film that deserves to appear in any Best of Britain film list.



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    The lack of incidental music I thought, made it even more disturbing and more real!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeAFB
    Backtracking through this thread .......:


    Being ex RAF myself, I find that highly amusing.



    My father was a National Service Royal Military Policeman in the 1950's and did prisoner and escort duties many times to Colchester Prison.



    He told me that one day when he arrived, a prisoner was being made to mark time [marching stationary] at the double AND being made to shave at the same time.!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprig63
    The Hill [1965, Sean Connery]

    Gripping from start to finish. Is there a better example of the genre? Ice Cold in Alex, maybe?. But for me, :The Hill was quite brilliant.
    Both films featured Harry Andrews.



    The Hill is one of the best British films. Connery gives his best screen performance.



    The Hill (1965)

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    Gonna see this next week - looking forward to it.

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    This film, like the estabished classic Get Carter, is made for me by the monumental performance of Ian Hendry. If ever a performance was worth the entrance fee by itself, it was this one!

    Like all the best films, The Hill is one which stays in the memory and becomes all the more impressive on reflection....

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    The final 8 minutes of The Hill are the most powerful and gripping acting I've ever seen, the way the tension escalates and builds up. Bannen and Andrews especially. "you're trying to give me orders, nobody does that!" paraphrasing but it came from the belly.

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    Great actor, Harry, and I'm planning a chapter on him in my new book.

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    And don't forget that my biography of Ian Hendry is now available with a 30 per cent discount when you buy through Lulu. http://www.lulu.com/shop/gabriel-her...-21253096.html

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