A beautiful film … few other cinematic efforts are so well constructed and shrewdly characterised ****
Derek Malcolm – Evening Standard
…through the film's simplicity, fine performances and well-written screenplay, Private Peaceful is a delicate and warm portrayal of love for family, for friends, and for one's country
Pat O'Connor's film serves well as an introduction to the first world war for intelligent children
Private Peaceful details the gritty rural lives and loves of Tommo and Charlie - two young brothers - and their poor Devonshire family from 1909 until 1916, when the outbreak of war destroys their country idyll. Both join up (one under age) leaving behind the beautiful Molly who is the love of both their lives. The young men survive gas attacks, shelling, German troops and the appalling deaths of their close friends. But one thing they cannot escape is summary military justice.
Written by Guy de Beaujeu