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  • Summary: Winner of the Silver Bear at the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, Overlord tells one soldier's story from his induction into the British army to the battle on the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 100
    Unlike "Saving Private Ryan" and other dramatizations based on D-Day, Overlord is an intimate film, one that focuses closely on Tom Beddoes (Brian Stirner), who enters the British army, goes through basic training and is one of the first ashore on D-Day. (Reviewed in 2004)
  2. It's still a feat of period filmmaking. More than that, Overlord's revivification of a wasteland Europe offers up a powerful whip lesson for the postwar complacent: that the waging of war, even this most romanticized of conflicts, means bringing a corpse-mountain hell to someone's home neighborhood.
  3. Like its hero, who is brave without a trace of bravado, Overlord is unusually quiet and thoughtful. The scale and ambition of combat movies has usually been epic, but this one is disarmingly lyrical and subjective.
  4. Though made 31 years after D-Day, the dramatic scenes have the period look of a '40s movie, which links them perfectly with the stunning archival footage.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    US director Stuart Cooper gives it the right understated, unheroic feel. (Review of Original Release)
  6. Overlord feels like a small but vivid tragedy inside an epic container.
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    Overlord is an ambitious, important experiment that has come to light after three decades of neglect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. BrianF.
    Jul 19, 2006
    10
    This film has haunted me ever since I first saw it 31 years ago.An original and mesmerising work of art.What a change in opinion too from the This film has haunted me ever since I first saw it 31 years ago.An original and mesmerising work of art.What a change in opinion too from the critics! Expand
  2. ChelseaS.
    Aug 18, 2006
    10
    I have been waiting for this film to be released for years. A chilling, bleak and beautiful war story that's completely unlike any other I have been waiting for this film to be released for years. A chilling, bleak and beautiful war story that's completely unlike any other war movie you will see. Highly recommended. Expand
  3. RichL.
    Sep 4, 2006
    10
    A stunning and unique movie. Hopefully the re-release will give this haunting underrrated film the recognition it so deserves.
  4. JonathanM.
    May 21, 2007
    10
    Superb war movie. The use of original film (and stuck from the old nitrate stock) is wonderful. How can such a classic only now come to Superb war movie. The use of original film (and stuck from the old nitrate stock) is wonderful. How can such a classic only now come to light? (Well, remember Melville and "Billy Budd.") Expand