Main Plot Points:
- Meet Walter Tull, the Jackie Robinson of professional English football before World War I, and survivor of the worst racial slurs his opponents can hurl at him. When the game turns to war in 1914 and the playing field to the Battle of the Somme, Tull (O. T. Fagbenle, Breaking and Entering, Looking) makes history again as the first mixed-race officer in the British Army. Follow this heroic warrior, from his daunting personal battles to the front line, where he motivates and leads his troops with gallantry and coolness under horrific conditions.
- Also includes Somme: From Defeat to Victory, which The Times called “Excellent”. Two months after the bloodiest day in British military history, a maverick battalion commander uses innovative tactics that change the way the British Army fights a modern war.
What We Thought:
- Walter’s War tells the story of Walter Tull, the first mixed-race officer in the British Army.
- The film is surprisingly short. Only 53 minutes.
- I wasn’t familiar with the cast or the story to be honest. It’s funny that Americans are the only people who seem to be called racists, yet the Brits had their fair share of issues racially as well.
- It has decent production value and you learn about Tull during his training. You don’t get too much about him prior to the war. They talk about his soccer days, but not much beyond that.
- If you are like me and aren’t familiar with the story, check out Walter’s War. It’s a quick watch and interesting history. It won’t blow you away or anything, but solid enough.
- Somme: From Defeat to Victory
Notable Cast & Crew:
- O.T. Fagbenle
- Ewan Stewart
- Samara Maclaren
Recommended if You Like:
- War/Military History
- Black History