The Trench

The Trench ( The Trench ) is a war film Franco – British directed by William Boyd released in 1999 .


The film portrays the lives of English soldiers in the trenches of the First World War. This film paints the management of boredom, fear, panic and agitation. Billy MacFarlane ( Paul Nicholls ), 17, with his older brother, Eddie ( Tam Williams ), volunteered for the service. Billy was not going to get involved but knowing that his brother was engaged, he decided to follow him. The entire pack, each of them in their late teens, is under the responsibility of a sergeant ( Daniel Craig ) and a lieutenant ( Julian Rhind-Tutt ).

Technical sheet

  • Original title: The Trench
  • French title: La Tranchée
  • Director and screenplay: William Boyd
  • Artistic direction: Phil Harvey
  • Director of Photography: Tony Pierce-Roberts
  • Music: Evelyn Glennie and Greg Malcangi
  • Country of origin: France , United Kingdom
  • Original language: English
  • Genre: drama , war movie
  • Release dates:
    •  United Kingdom :
    •  France :


  • Paul Nicholls : Billy Macfarlane
  • Daniel Craig : Sergeant Telford Winter
  • Danny Dyer : Victor Dell
  • Julian Rhind-Tutt : Lieutenant Ellis Harte
  • Cillian Murphy : Rag Rockwood
  • Ciaran McMenamin (VF: Alexandre Gillet ) : Charlie Ambrose
  • Ben Whishaw : James Dennis
  • James D’Arcy : Colin Daventry
  • John Higgins : Cornwallis

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