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117 Ratings

In Which We Serve

Directed by David Lean, Noël Coward
United Kingdom, 1942
Drama, Action


In the midst of World War II, the renowned playwright Noël Coward engaged a young film editor named David Lean to help him realize his vision for an action drama about a group of Royal Navy sailors fighting the Germans in the Mediterranean.

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In Which We Serve Directed by David Lean, Noël Coward

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1943 | Winner: Honorary Award

1944 | 2 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1942 | 2 wins including: Best Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1942 | Winner: Best Film

1942 | 2nd place: Best Director

Argentine Film Critics Association Awards

1944 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

Not bad for wartime propaganda—in many respects it plays more like postwar reflection along the lines of The Best Years of Our Lives, emphasizing domestic uncertainty as much as battlefield bravery. (Can you use the word “battlefield” if it’s planes vs. boats? Can’t think of an alternative.) Upper lips are at maximum stiffness throughout, to somewhat stultifying effect, but the tone is so quietly sober that there’s little sense of being rallied.
April 19, 2012
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