1975 Drama

Generous doses of newsreel footage highlight this British wartime drama. Tom (Brian Stirner) is a typical 18-year-old Briton who goes into military service early in 1944. The film follows the protagonist through the rigors of training and the shock of his first battle.

Director: Stuart Cooper

Starring: Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries, Nicholas Ball, Julie Neesam, Sam Sewell


  • Unlike "Saving Private Ryan" and other dramatizations based on D-Day, Overlord is an intimate film, one that focuses closely on Tom Beddoes (Brian Stirner), who enters the British army, goes through basic training and is one of the first ashore on D-Day. (Reviewed in 2004)

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    26 April 2013

  • Like its hero, who is brave without a trace of bravado, Overlord is unusually quiet and thoughtful. The scale and ambition of combat movies has usually been epic, but this one is disarmingly lyrical and subjective.

    Dana Stevens - The New York Times

    26 April 2013

  • It's still a feat of period filmmaking. More than that, Overlord's revivification of a wasteland Europe offers up a powerful whip lesson for the postwar complacent: that the waging of war, even this most romanticized of conflicts, means bringing a corpse-mountain hell to someone's home neighborhood.

    Michael Atkinson - Village Voice

    26 April 2013

  • The overriding themes of the film are never broadly stated but are subtly revealed, and the horror and reality of war are quietly played out on both the human and panoramic levels with disturbing effect.

    - TV Guide

    26 April 2013

  • Overlord feels like a small but vivid tragedy inside an epic container.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    26 April 2013


  • Stuart Cooper

    Berlin International Film Festival (1975)