ACES HIGH (PG)
Saturday 10th November
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, Simon Ward, Peter Firth, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard.
Approx. running time (inc. adverts): 110 minutes
In WW1 the high casualty rate among the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous strain on the survivors.
A new recruit is proud to join the Royal Flying Corps' elite 76 Squadron under the command of a renowned ace, but is shocked to discover his superior officer has turned to drink as the high fatalities among his men take their toll - with devastating consequences for the pilots
Showing as part of Shropshire's First World War Film Festival 10th October - 23rd November 2018.
During a commencement ceremony at Eton in October 1916, Captain John Gresham (Malcolm McDowell) gives an extremely patriotic speech to eager schoolboys, including Stephen Croft (Peter Firth), the brother of Gresham's girlfriend. A year later, Gresham is a major and commands a squadron, assisted by the adjutant Captain "Uncle" Sinclair (Christopher Plummer). Gresham has clearly aged, and copes with the responsibilities of command with steady drinking. The movie relates a week in the life of Gresham's squadron, starting with the arrival of Stephen Croft, recently promoted to lieutenant. During that week, Croft takes part in several increasingly hazardous missions, and joins the other pilots as they spend their nights getting drunk. By the end of the week, the squadron has been decimated, and the survivors have to deal with a new batch of earnest, inexperienced replacements.
Full details of the film festival can be found at http://www.shropshireremembers.org.uk/
Please call the box office on 01630 654444 to book your tickets - unreserved seating in the Festival Room for Screen 2.