Lines of Wellington

Synopsis: On September 27, 1810, the French troops commanded by Marshal Massena, were defeated in the Serra do Buçaco by the Anglo-Portuguese army of general Wellington. Despite the victory, Portuguese and British are forced to retreat from the enemy, numerically superior, in order to attract them to Torres Vedras, where Wellington had built fortified lines hardly surmountable. Simultaneously, the Anglo-Portuguese command organizes the evacuation of the entire territory between the battlefield and the lines of Torres Vedras, a gigantic burned land operation, which prevents the French from collecting supplies. This is the setting for the adventures of a multitude of characters from all social backgrounds - soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, young and old - to the daily routine torn by war and dragged through hills and valleys, between ruined villages, charred forests and devastated crops.Highly persecuted by the French, already tormented by an unmerciful weather, the mass of fugitiv
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Valeria Sarmiento
  9 wins & 18 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.2
NOT RATED
Year:
2012
151 min
3 Views

PAULO BRANCO:

presents

An Alfama Films France

After the failed attempts of Junot

and Soult in 1807 and 1809,

Napoleon Bonaparte sent a mighty

army led by Marechal Massena,

to invade Portugal in 1810.

The French had no difficulty

reaching the centre of the country

where the Anglo-Portuguese army, led

by General Wellington, awaited them.

For RAL RUIZ

who prepared this film

Director

Original Screenplay and Dialogues

Director of Photography

Art Director

Production Manager

Original Music

LINES OF WELLINGTON

Leave that crap alone, you imbecile!

It's covered in blood!

On the slopes of Buaco,

despite the many natural obstacles

that favoured the defence of Alcoba,

our valiant men of the Second battalion

battled to the summit,

after one hour

of extraordinary efforts.

They arrived, breathless,

at the ridge of the mountain,

only to be met by the full force

of the English artillery.

Marechal Massena

made a terrible mistake,

sending the Second battalion into action

before the Sixth were ready to intervene.

Our men greeted the French

with a musket volley at fifteen paces.

Five hundred Jacobins

stopped dead in their tracks.

General Wellington

advanced heavy reinforcements,

forcing the French to fall back...

We chased them down the slopes

with our musket fire,

which they could ill return,

and scythed them down

like ripened wheat...

If I had my way, they wouldn't

even bury their whoring mothers.

Don't be so harsh, Chico!

They're Christians after all...

Christians, my foot!

They're all Jews, Z.

Sergeant?

They can't all be.

Those who're not,

are freemasons or the like.

Bunch of Jacobins!

If they want a decent burial,

they should've stayed

in their own damned country!

Right, lads!

Come on!

Let's get back to the English

encampment, we've earned it.

The Jacobins lost

above five thousand men.

A general

and two hundred and fifty officers

among the dead,

wounded or captured.

Come on!

Halt, halt!

D. Pedro!

Lieutenant, Sir!

It's no use, Sergeant.

He can't hear you.

- What's wrong with him?

- Two musket balls to the head.

He's more dead than alive,

we should have left him.

- Are you a doctor?

- No, Sergeant.

Then hold your tongue.

What's your name?

Eusbio, Sergeant.

Noted, Eusbio.

I never forget a name.

If he dies before he sees the doctor,

I'll cut your throat. Off you go!

- Who was that?

- Lieutenant Alencar.

Well?

He's not yet twenty...

Sergeant!

Damn, Sergeant, you!

I saw it.

You shot him, didn't you?

The French General!

It was you, I saw it you rogue!

I couldn't swear it was me, Major.

I had him in my sights.

And took the shot.

You didn't kill him though, you ninny.

We took him alive.

A bit buggered, but alive.

Want to see him?

I'd better not,

if you'll pardon me, sir.

The devil might tempt me

to finish him off...

You can't forgive them, eh?

Not in this world, or the next.

Tell me, Chico,

have you seen Corporal Percy about?

No, nor will I, Major.

He fell at my side.

He's still down there.

Careful what you say.

His wife's waiting for him.

They've not been married a year...

Damned Jacobins!

Tell her. Go on.

Me, Major?

Yes, you.

You saw him last, didn't you?

Well? Tell her.

Poor girl has a right to know

what happened.

- In what language, sir?

- You choose.

She'll understand, don't worry.

Go!

That's an order, Sergeant.

Percy?

Come. Come with me.

I'm... I'm a friend!

Friend of Percy.

Corporal Percy, today...

Corporal Percy!

To see, him.

It's not a good idea.

He not pretty.

To see...

not good...

Yes.

But not today.

Tomorrow.

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