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Tunes of Glory

Ronald Neame

 
Tunes of Glory (Criterion DVD)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1960
  • 106 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #225

In Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory, the incomparable Alec Guinness inhabits the role of Jock Sinclair—a whiskey-drinking, up-by-the-bootstraps commanding officer of a peacetime Scottish battalion. Sinclair is a lifetime military man, who expects respect and loyalty from his men. But when Basil Barrow (John Mills, winner of the Best Actor award at the 1960 Venice Film Festival)—an educated, by-the-book scion of a traditionally military family—enters the scene as Sinclair’s replacement, the two men become locked in a fierce battle for control of the battalion and the hearts and minds of its men. Based on the novel by James Kennaway and featuring flawless performances by Guinness and Mills, Tunes of Glory uses the rigidly stratified hierarchy of military life as a jumping-off point to examine the institutional contradictions and class divisions of English society, resulting in an unexpectedly moving drama.

Cast

Major D.S.O. M.M. Jock SinclairAlec Guinness
Lt. Col. Basil BarrowJohn Mills
Major Charles Scott, M.C.Dennis Price
Mary TitteringtonKay Walsh
Cpl. Piper Ian FraserJohn Fraser
Morag SinclairSusannah York
Capt. Jimmy Cairns, M.C.Gordon Jackson
Pipe Major Duncan MacLeanDuncan Macrae
R.S.M. RiddickPercy Herbert
Capt. Eric SimpsonAllan Cuthbertson
Major Dusty MillerPaul Whitsun-Jones
Major Hugo MacMillanGerald Harper
Captain Alec RattrayRichard Leech
2nd Lt. David MacKinnonPeter McEnery

Credits

DirectorRonald Neame
ProducerAlbert Fennell
Executive producerColin Lesslie
Music composed and conducted byMalcolm Arnold
ScreenplayJames Kennaway
Based on the novel byJames Kennaway
Director of photographyArthur Ibbetson
Production designWilfred Shingleton
Film editorAnne V. Coates

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • New video interview with director Ronald Neame
  • Exclusive new audio interview with actor Sir John Mills
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by acclaimed film critic and historian Robert Murphy
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Tunes of Glory

By Robert Murphy February 16, 2004

Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory, which was widely admired when it was first released, has subsequently kept a low profile. This says more about critical attitudes and British film culture than it . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Tunes of Glory

By Jonathan Benair April 10, 1989

Two years after The Horse’s Mouth, in 1960, director Ronald Neame cast Alec Guinness in his film, Tunes of Glory, based on a book by James Kennaway. The story concerns the battle for control of . . . Read more »

News

Toasting Ronald Neame

April 21, 2011

British filmmaker Ronald Neame, the director of such Criterion titles as The Horse’s Mouth, Tunes of Glory, and Hopscotch (not to mention The Poseidon Adventure), and the producer behind David . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Tunes of Glory

By Robert Murphy February 16, 2004

Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory, which was widely admired when it was first released, has subsequently kept a low profile. This says more about critical attitudes and British film culture than it . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Tunes of Glory

By Jonathan Benair April 10, 1989

Two years after The Horse’s Mouth, in 1960, director Ronald Neame cast Alec Guinness in his film, Tunes of Glory, based on a book by James Kennaway. The story concerns the battle for control of . . . Read more »