They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old
Acclaimed director Peter Jackson takes a harrowing look at “The War to End All Wars” aka World War I, with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war. The title is from the epithet spoken at the funerals of the deceased, taken from the poem “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon, as follows:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

99 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Violence, Drug abuse).
Documentary, Period piece, War, On the art circuit
Just call me Tommy.
Just call me Tommy.


A cast of millions, mostly deceased.
Peter Jackson
EditingJabez Olssen
Made in2018
Produced byHouse Productions, Trustees of the Imperial War Museum London, WingNut Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreWar documentary
LanguageLow to mild impact infrequent language in the context of historic documentary.
NudityLow impact infrequent nudity in a non sexual context necessary to tell a story of no 'privacy' toilets for militants in the documentary.
ViolenceStrong impact frequent scenes of realistic violence presented in a footage and images with blood-letting.
PrejudiceMild impact infrequent prejudice justified with the storyline.
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsThe material contains complex and mature themes presented in a historical war documentary context exploring a between England and Germany, life in the army during the war, fighting for survival and a nation with a moderate to strong impact. These themes carries a sense of threat and menace. The close-up realistic images and footage of dead bodies that have decayed, beheaded, skull fracture, disfigured with blood letting may cause emotional, ,moral and psychological harm or disturbance. to children under the age of 16 years who may not be able to mentally process the visual presentations of the above mentioned images and footage.
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for disturbing war images
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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say
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36 critics
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Tomatometer quote iconAn impressive technical achievement with a walloping emotional impact, They Shall Not Grow Old pays brilliant cinematic tribute to the sacrifice of a generation.

What the People say

1841 Netizens

Average .. 91%



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