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The Wipers Times

The Wipers Times

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It's 1916 and British Captain Fred Roberts (Ben Chaplin, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, The Thin Red Line) and his detachment discover an abandoned printing press in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium. Roberts has an idea - he will produce a newspaper to raise the spirits of his soldiers, taking their minds off "the attentions of Messrs Hun and Co." They call it The Wipers Times - after the army slang for Ypres - and fill it with spoofs, jokes, and subversive comedy. A hit with the troops on the Western Front, it also incurs the wrath of top brass who want it banned. Can Roberts' comic distraction to the mayhem of war survive?
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It's 1916 and British Captain Fred Roberts (Ben Chaplin, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, The Thin Red Line) and his detachment discover an abandoned printing press in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium. Roberts has an idea - he will produce a newspaper to raise the spirits of his soldiers, taking their minds off "the attentions of Messrs Hun and Co." They call it The Wipers Times - after the army slang for Ypres - and fill it with spoofs, jokes, and subversive comedy. A hit with the troops on the Western Front, it also incurs the wrath of top brass who want it banned. Can Roberts' comic distraction to the mayhem of war survive?.

It’s 1916 and British Captain Fred Roberts (Ben Chaplin, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, The Thin Red Line) and his detachment discover an abandoned printing press in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium. Roberts has an idea – he will produce a newspaper to raise the spirits of his soldiers, taking their minds off “the attentions of Messrs Hun and Co.” They call it The Wipers Times - after the army slang for Ypres - and fill it with spoofs, jokes, and subversive comedy. A hit with the troops on the Western Front, it also incurs the wrath of top brass who want it banned. Can Roberts’ comic distraction to the mayhem of war survive?

Based on the remarkable true story of a satirical newspaper published on the front lines of World War One, this poignant yet comedic drama revels in the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity, telling for the first time how these inspirational men used humor and wit to remain sane amidst one of the deadliest conflicts in modern history.

. Directed by Andy De Emmony
written by Ian Hislop, Nick Newman

Cast
Ben Chaplin ... Roberts
Patrick Fitzsymons ... Deputy Features Editor
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Pearson
Steve Oram ... Sergeant Harris
Josh O'Connor ... Dodd
Jarrod Cooke ... Henderson
Colin Ash ... Smith
Hugh Skinner ... Barnes
Ben Daniels ... Lieutenant Colonel Howfield
Michael Palin ... General Mitford
Richard Doubleday ... ADC Bobby
Paul Kennedy ... Winston Churchill
Emma Little ... Field Nurse
Emilia Fox ... Kate Roberts
Faolan Morgan ... Chaplain
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Format: DVD
Run Time: 90 minutes
Region: Region 1
Starring: Ben Chaplin;Michael Palin;Julian Rhind-Tutt
Cast: Ben Chaplin, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and Michael Palin
ISBN: 841887021371
Number of Discs: 1
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A Movie to Share
Bought this funny, clever movie full of that sharp British humor and have watched it twice and now it is "on loan" to our history-buff sons. A different view of the tragedy of war.
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Review by Betts; Texas, United States (Posted on 12/11/2014)