My Boy Jack

My Boy Jack

DVD - 2008
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It's 1914 and the British Empire's greatest supporter, Rudyard Kipling, is at the peak of his literary fame. Kipling's son, Jack, is determined to play his part in the immiment war with Germany but finds himself rejected due to his poor eyesight. Kipling uses his influence to land Jack a commission in the Irish Guards. Kipling's wife, Caroline, is bitterly upset, failing to see the glory in losing her only son to the war. How will the great writer, torn between his two greatest passions--devotion to King and Country and love for his family--justify the consequences of his actions to himself and his wife?
Publisher: [S.l.] : BBC Video : 2 Entertain Video Limited : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2008]
ISBN: 9781419865770
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 06, 2019

Knew very little of Kipling's son before the watching this movie but didn't know much about him at the end, either. The depiction of John's obsession to serve in the military was very clearly shown. The Kipling family was shown as dysfunctional and bowed to Rudyard Kipling's whims. The horrors of WWI was so clear, it put a person there.

Jul 02, 2018

This has been my second viewing of the film after 2 or 3 years & I've come to admire it more so. David Haig is responsible for bringing it to the wider audience as film & he portrays R. Kipling so well (as if I intimately know what RK was like.) The story apparently follows closely the facts, except the time period the parents continued their search for definitive answers. I was somewhat surprised the domestic scenes were film in Ireland, which lended great beauty to the film.

For me it provides extreme truth about war, old men call for young me to fight, struggle & often lose their lives. Kipling sang a different song in retrospect. If anyone has any doubt as to the reality of trench warfare keep in mind that those muddy crater holes were filled with decaying body parts of men & animals, body wate & often unspent explosives. Few films explicitly display this. There is good reason this is still referred to as The Great War and that we honor it this 100th anniversary year.

MovieWatch May 06, 2015

Great movie! Excellent story telling about the son of Rudyard Kipling. Highly recommend this movie and the Bonus Section. Do not pass on it.

Jul 29, 2014


4book1 Nov 10, 2013

I am a Netflix subscriber. I usually post reviews of DVDs I check out from the library on the Netflix site. My Netflix review is shown below

Most films I watch come and go, but "My Boy Jack" is one which will stay in my mind for quite some time. It examines how war affects those at the grass roots level, i.e. the soldiers and their families. Wars are supposedly waged to right wrongs but as the film illustrates, "What are we fighting for?" gets thrown by the wayside and thousands of lives end up being sacrificed to capture a patch of godforsaken mud. Repeat. Repeat..... Be sure to watch the cast interviews. 11/06/2013

Nov 02, 2013

Didn't have to wait as this DVD found us on the shelf. An interesting piece of historical fiction that moves quickly and engaged us from beginning to end.

aaa5756 Nov 03, 2012

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. “Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box”.

Oct 22, 2012

With this movie Daniel proves he's more than the boy under the stairs. This is very well done and I don't watch war movies anymore. Take the time to view a sad but well done piece of history.

Oct 22, 2012

I was surprised at how much I was glad to have chosen this . A great story about Kipling's 18 year old son killed in ww1.
A father so proud of his son going to war and then having to face the consequences for the rest of his life.

May 02, 2012

This quiet, moving television drama from Britian’s ITV network is one of the most effective, tasteful depictions I’ve ever seen of the contrasts between the grandiose rhetoric of war versus its real human costs. The production is based on the life of English poet and writer Rudyard Kipling, whose beloved teenage son, Jack, went missing on the front lines at the 1915 Battle of Loos in World War I. (It happened during Jack’s first tour of duty as a Second Lieutenant in the Irish Guards. Prince William wore the same regiment's dress uniform at his 2011 wedding--see video link above.) Several scenes were filmed in the Kipling family’s actual house, built in 1634 in peaceful rural Sussex. (Jack's initials, where he scratched them into the archway at the front door, are still visible there.) Actor David Haig, who wrote the script as well as the play on which the TV drama is based, gave himself the starring role as Rudyard Kipling--unfortunate logistics, since Haig’s performance gives us mainly the author’s jingoistic side but little of the magic that earned him the distinction of being the first English-language writer and youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. But London-born actress Carey Mulligan helps compensate for Haig’s one-dimensionality with her portrayal of his daughter, filled with all the mischief and tenderness of the sister you always wanted, while grown-up Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe does a quietly credible job as Jack. Historically, in tribute to the events depicted here, Kipling became a member of the War Graves Commission that pioneered a vast program of national remembrance in which every fallen soldier was reburied in a marked grave, each with its own headstone. Kipling also personally paid Mr. Prynn, the head gardener at the cemetery housing the Loos Memorial, to have the Last Post sounded every night. Viewers of this drama may find the ending especially poignant if, like me, they are close to a young man who wears eyeglasses.

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aaa5756 Nov 17, 2013

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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