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Rachel Portman,

available from iTunes.


PLAY adapted by

Simon Reade,

available from Oberon.



Private Peaceful is based on the brilliant bestselling novel by Michael Morpurgo.


It is the story of the unbreakable bond between two brothers, from the innocence of their childhood in the fields of Devon to the violence of the battlefields of Flanders.


In the trenches they experience the brutal injustice of war, far removed from rural family life and their rivalry for the love of the beautiful Molly Monks.


Directed by Pat O’Connor (Dancing at Lughnasa), with an all-British cast, Private Peaceful is a powerful and emotional tale of injustice, love, heroism and fierce family ties that will never be broken.


Starring George MacKay (How I Live Now, Sunshine on Leith), Jack O'Connell (300, Skins), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady, One Chance), Maxine Peake (Silk, Shameless), Frances de la Tour (Hugo, Alice in Wonderland), John Lynch (Sliding Doors, The Fall) and in his last film the incomparable Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter, History Boys).


Extras include interviews with Michael Morpurgo, Jack O'Connell, George Mackay, Richard Griffiths, Makine Peake & John Lynch.


Actors: Richard Griffiths, George Mackay, Jack O'Connell, Frances de la Tour, John Lynch, Alexandra Roach

Director: Pat O'Connor

Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound

Language: English

Subtitles: English

Region: All Regions

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1

Number of discs: 1

Classification: 12

Studio: Fluidity Films Ltd

Film Run Time: 104 minutes




ian braunton

It was an amazing story with a brilliant end better than War Horse the film give a real insight to how horrible the First World War was. 5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film!, 22 Aug 2013



I am teaching the novel to year 7 students, and I purchased this to show them as part of the unit. The students find the story so intriguing, and loved that they could compare the differences between the novel and film. It's a brilliant film in its own right. It's well directed and well acted. It's one of the best WWI films I've seen. There are quite a few differences from the novel, but it's a film where it's easier to overlook those differences due to how well it still keeps the essence of the story and each character.

5.0 out of 5 stars A sympathetic treatment of a great book for young people, 31 July 2013


S. Harrison

My year 7 English class were totally enthralled by this film version of Michael Morpurgo's book. The casting is superb - in particular, we found the grown up characters of Tommo and Charlie completely credible. The narrative method of the novel, using 'now and then' details, is sensibly handled so that people unfamiliar with the original still get a good sense of the reminiscent style used by Morpurgo. The feelings of injustice and inequality created by the book are, likewise, presented well: to the point that several of my class were reduced to tears by the closing scenes. Thought-provoking, sensitive and great as a teaching aid for English and Humanities.


4.0 out of 5 stars A sad but beautiful film., 29 July 2013 malcolm mcgarrigle

Great cast and a very poignant story. Very beautifully presented. Very pleased with the film and glad to have added it to my collection.


4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 26 July 2013 Bee

This was worth watching, but once again I was left wondering why the film makers couldn't stick with the original plot; there are some really big changes and I felt that Morpurgo sold out if he agreed to them, or at least one of them in particular. Perhaps it would be better not to read the book!


5.0 out of 5 stars Best of British, 25 July 2013 Kev Stock

This is a must watch film, depicting rigid class structure, military brutality and the tragedy of war. Richard Griffiths is at his best, as is John Lynch, but the two leads Jack OConnoll and George McKay carry this film throughout. Set in rural Devon before and during WW1, it is a tale of simple family life, ripped apart by war. Realistic battle scenes and stunning locations all add to a remarkable film that has yet to receive the accolades that it deserves
Low budget it may be, but this is British film making at its unequaled best.


5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely adapation, 15 July 2013 Mrs H M Dalziel

I bought this to accompany the book and audiobook for pupils with developing reading skills. It brought the story to life for them


5.0 out of 5 stars Great interpretation of the book!, 16 Jun 2013 roofie

After 'War Horse' we have gotten into some Michael Morpurgo. Having read 'Private Peaceful' it was great to find that they had also made a film.
Thoroughly enjoyable and well made!


5.0 out of 5 stars A very private war., 16 Jun 2013 Jan Enwright

This is a thought provoking story about what it really meant to be a soldier in the First World War. It would be a useful insight into the personal human aspects of war for any students studying this period of history.


5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!, 12 May 2013 T. Williams

very good true to the book, a true look at the sad waste of lives in ww1, very strong characters


4.0 out of 5 stars DVD matches Book, 31 Mar 2013 Square eyes

Although written for children. Such a gentle story given the subject matter. Has a feel good factor and as in the book such good storytelling of a piece of history and Michael Morpugo as usual simply tells the story well.
The DVD matched the book. Recommended for anyone who appreciates a good story well told.


3.0 out of 5 stars Good for kids, 21 Mar 2013 Soozi3

I bought this film to show my students at school after reading the novel in class. Needless to say, the film is always a bit of a disappointment. The students enjoyed it though!


4.0 out of 5 stars Like it, 11 Mar 2013 she

Good story, well acted, set ups/scenery well worked and worth viewing. Nine more words are nine too many which over requires need of statements not worth making!


5.0 out of 5 stars Private Peaceful [DVD] [2012], 9 Mar 2013 Poldark

I work in a high school and this is a very popular book both by the English Department and the children. Whilst I know it is historically correct i.e., World War I and the fact that men were court martialled and killed by firing squad for whatever trump up charges could be found. The story starts at the end. Despite having read the book several times during lessons and the film being shown to the students, it is definitely a tear jerker. Each time I have watched it, it has left me in a bad mood. When you watch it and find out why... No, I'll say no more because it will ruin it. Such injustice, that is all I will say. This certainly isn't suitable for junior schools or anyone under the age of 12/13; any younger I don't think they would understand it anyway.


5.0 out of 5 stars Really good film, 6 Mar 2013 Ed

Private Peaceful has a good storyline and is well presented and performed.We enjoyed seeing this movie and think it is well worth owning.


5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 5 Mar 2013 Ms. Anne Mortlock (UK)

I enjoyed the film but nowhere near as good as the book. I would recommend that you read the book first. The character of tommo was just how I imagined him to be but the ending was disappointing in some respects.


Caitlin Brown

...I have left out some of the events, including the gas attack,as I don't want to tell the whole story. It is a heart wrenching story about love and loss, and is so realistic both to the book, and to WWI itself. I have enjoyed it, and would recommend for anyone interested in war, or studying war. The trenches are realistic to. So buy this film, as it truly is great.

I give it a 5 star, be