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Tunes of Glory (1960)




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Two excellent actors shine in powerful roles in this drama by Ronald Neame that pits one Scottish army colonel against another. Alec Guinness is Lt. Col. Jock Sinclair, a man who temporarily takes over command of a regiment until his replacement, Col. Basil Barrow (John Mills) arrives. Sinclair comes from the lower echelons of the social order but was at least able to work himself up the echelons in the military hierarchy. He is fairly well-liked though still a little rough around the edges for some. When Barrow takes over, the two men clash almost at once. Barrow is from the upper crust, went to all the "right" schools, and believes in discipline and then a little more discipline, as well as efficient and proper bureaucratic processes. The differences between the two men threaten to rupture the unity of the regiment, especially after Sinclair assaults a soldier he finds in the company of his daughter. Barrow opts to report his behavior, leading to a climactic series of events.

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Alec Guinness
as Lt. Col. Jock Sinclair
John Mills
as Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
Dennis Price
as Maj. Charlie Scott
Susannah York
as Morag Sinclair
John Fraser
as Cpl. Piper Fraser
Kay Walsh
as Mary Titterington
Andrew Downie
as Cpl. Waiter
Keith Faulkner
as Piper Adam
Gerald Harper
as Maj. Hugo MacMillan
Gordon Jackson
as Capt. Jimmy Cairns
Richard Leech
as Capt. Alec Rattray
Donald Douglas
as Mess Waiter
John Mackenzie
as Pony Major
Duncan Macrae
as Piper Maj. MacLean
Peter McEnery
as Lt. David MacKinnon
David Webb
as Lt. Alistair
Paul Whitsun-Jones
as Maj. Dusty Miller
Allan Cuthbertson
as Capt. Eric Simpson
William Young
as Capt. Peter
Richard Rudd
as Lt. John
Don Douglas
as Mess Waiter
Barry Steele
as One of the other officers
John Barcroft
as One of the other officers
John Bown
as One of the other officers
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Critic Reviews for Tunes of Glory

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

The ending itself is inexcusable.

February 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Guinness and Mills expertly engage with Kennaway's dialogue, which boiled down is two men unable or unwilling to secede control.

August 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A marvelous indictment of institutional machismo and performative masculinity that saw two of England's best against type and deliver two of their finest performances.

January 8, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The persistent and lovely sound of bagpipes is almost enough to drown out the sound of men's inner demons clawing at each other's psyches.

December 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Alec Guinness and John Mills prove to be able adversaries in this drama (with sizable dollops of humor) set amidst the officers of a Scottish peacetime battalion.

December 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One of those films... which are of little interest cinematically and out of fashion thematically (no sex, no violence, no low life) and yet manage to be very good entertainment.

July 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tunes of Glory

Alec Guinness eats scenery left and right and John Mills seeths on the sideline as two Scottish officers clash in a bloody war of the wills. At stake is an idea: what kind of Army, and by implication, what kind of civilisation do we have? One run by thugs acting like gentlemen, or one where gentlemen act like thugs? (Decide for yourself where you fit in the scheme of things while you watch) By no means just a two man show a regiment of supporting cast hold the flanks of this excellent, if old school, production. A must see if you've an interest in things military washed clean of propagandist rhetoric.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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