My Boy Jack

MY BOY JACK will be on PBS January 2nd, 2011

Adapted for a play by David Haig in 1997, My Boy Jack is the name of a famous poem by author Rudyard Kipling written for his son John who was lost in World War I.

Daniel Radcliffe, David Haig, Kim Cattrall, Carey Mulligan

Wikipedia: As The Great War begins, 17 year old Jack Kipling (Radcliffe), the only son of the famous English writer and poet Rudyard Kipling, declares his intention to join the Royal Navy to fight against the Germans. His father (Haig), who encourages him in his ambition, arranges several appointments for him to enlist in both the army and navy. However, Jack's poor eyesight prevents him from passing the medical examinations, and both he and his father are devastated. However, Rudyard uses his influence with the military establishment to eventually secure Jack an officer's commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Irish Guards regiment. Both Jack's mother Carrie (Cattrall), and sister Elsie (Mulligan), disapprove of this post, as they don't wish for him to be deployed on the front lines.


6 comments:

  1. I saw this the first time that it was shown on Masterpiece, but I want to watch it again. It was heartbreaking, and it was nice to see Daniel Radcliffe taking on more grown up roles. I've also been a huge fan of David Haig ever since I saw Portrait of a Marriage. Not many actors can do comedy and drama as well as he can.

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  2. I too saw this...it was quite good (v. impressed by Daniel Radcliffe)!

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  3. This is one film that I've been wanting to see and just didn't get the chance to see when it was first on PBS. I missed it tonight too and am hoping it will be available for watching online but I'm not sure if it will be.

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  4. Laurie, too bad that you missed it on PBS. There's one that I found on Youtube but it's not the best quality and has Spanish subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFvXQPBYfsg

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  5. This was on ABC in Sydney tonight and I just finished watching it. Pretty impressed; I wasn't aware of the outcome of the story and was thoroughly moved by all the actors' performances.

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  6. This film made me so proud of Daniel Radcliffe, as a Harry Potter fan.

    ~ Aura

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