Behind the Lines

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Behind the Lines ★★ Regeneration 1997 (R)

Focuses on the friendship between WWI soldier/poets Siegfried Sassoon (Wilby) and Wilfred Owen (Bunce), who receive a brief reprieve from the war when they're treated for shell shock at Edinburgh's Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917. Another patient is workingclass soldier Billy Prior (Miller), made mute from the horrors he's witnessed. But their compassionate doctor, William Rivers (Pryce), is himself becoming increasingly unstable over the ethical concerns his work engenders. If he cures his patients, they go back to the front to fight again. The first book in Pat Barker's war trilogy. 96m/C VHS, DVD . GB CA Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Jonny Lee Miller, Stuart Bunce, Tanya Allen, John Neville, Dougray Scott, David Hayman, David Robb, Julian Fellowes, Kevin McKidd, Jeremy Child; D: Gilles Mackinnon; W: Allan Scott; C: Glen MacPherson; M: Mychael Danna.