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In Which We Serve


Noël Coward & David Lean

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About the Movie

In the midst of World War II, the renowned playwright Noël Coward engaged a young film editor named David Lean to help him realize his vision for an action drama about a group of Royal Navy sailors (roles that would be filled by Coward himself, Bernard Miles, and John Mills, among others) fighting the Germans in the Mediterranean. Coward and Lean ended up codirecting the large-scale project—an impressive undertaking, especially considering that neither of them had directed for the big screen before (this would be Coward’s only such credit). Cutting between a major naval battle and flashbacks to the men’s lives before they left home, In Which We Serve (an Oscar nominee for best picture) was a major breakthrough for both filmmakers and a sensitive and stirring piece of propaganda.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 14
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: One of the most eloquent motion pictures of these or any other times had its American premiere at the Capitol Theatre last night. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: No less than half a dozen credits for this film go to Noel Coward. And they're well earned. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Perhaps the most honored propaganda film of World War II, in which the survivors of a torpedoed British battleship recall their reasons for fighting through individual flashbacks. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Nov 6, 2007

Fresh: In Which We Serve is not only one of the greatest of all British war movies but also marks the mighty David Lean's first major contribution to cinema. – Richard Luck, Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1942

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