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The substantially true story of Walter Tull, a black man whose grandfather was a slave but who was born in Folkestone, Kent, in England, and who, in the years prior to the First World War, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
O-T Fagbenle ... Walter Tull
Paul Westwood Paul Westwood ... Lieutenant Harper
Zac Fox ... Young Soldier
Kwame Kwei-Armah Kwame Kwei-Armah ... Daniel Tull
Glen Shaw Glen Shaw ... Young Walter
Kit Young Kit Young ... Young Edward (as Chris Young)
Julian Forsyth Julian Forsyth ... Reverend Dr Stevenson
Michael Wildman ... Edward Tull
Ewan Stewart ... Sergeant Fuller
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart Dugald Bruce-Lockhart ... Captain Coombes (as Dugald Bruce Lockhart)
David Oakes ... Private Oswald Hennessey
Christian Roe Christian Roe ... Private William Cooper
Chris Starkie Chris Starkie ... Private Sebastian Willis
Hamish MacDougall Hamish MacDougall ... Private Christopher Hummins
Jonathan Cullen Jonathan Cullen ... Lieutenant Colonel Baxter
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The substantially true story of Walter Tull, a black man whose grandfather was a slave but who was born in Folkestone, Kent, in England, and who, in the years prior to the First World War, was a professional football player for Tottenham Hotspur. However, despite the odd flashback the film focuses solely on his prowess in the war. In 1916 he is a non-commissioned officer, heroically attempting to save comrades and is recommended for training as an officer at a military school in Scotland where he encounters prejudice because of his colour, as well as impressing and dating a local girl. His single-mindedness and desire to be the best impresses the fair-minded Captain Coombes and he ultimately attains his commission. However, he is killed in 1918 and a postscript informs us that, whilst he was recommended for the Military Cross, it was never bestowed upon him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Excellent World War I Drama
15 February 2009 | by alasdair-macdougall-1See all my reviews

An excellent depiction of the times portrayed. Good cross section of classes & sensitive handling of the race divide which must surely have been prevalent at the time.

Interesting aside that the sergeant-major is the son of Andy Stewart - the singing shortbread-tin author of "Donald Where's Yer Troosers?" and part of the bedrock of Scottish TV when I grew up in the 1960s.

The drama could have been more edgy, with a a 1914-18 scandal re a mixed race liaison? OT's relationship is too anodyne, he doesn't really care what happens to her!

Liked the war-song scene/extro music. Good WWI background.

All of the core cadet group bond very well, which makes the final training camp scene work, as the viewer is arrested by their joint safety.

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