S T U D I O C A N A L
THE 1952 CLASSIC NEWLY RESTORED
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL PREMIERE
DIRECTED BY COMPTON BENNETT
STARRING: TREVOR HOWARD, RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH, BERNARD LEE & SID JAMES
ON DIGITAL, DVD & BLU-RAY FROM APRIL 4
STUDIOCANAL is proud to announce the release of a newly-restored version of the rarely seen classic WW2 Navy thriller, GIFT HORSE. 80 years ago, during WWII, British ‘Operation Chariot' stunned the Nazis, and the film pays tribute to this raid.
Directed by Compton Bennett (The Seventh Veil) and Starring Trevor Howard (The Third Man, Brief Encounter), Richard Attenborough (The Great Escape, The Angry Silence) and Sid James (The Carry On series), this stunning new restoration of GIFT HORSE will be available to own on Digital, Blu-Rayand DVD from April 4 and on VOD from May 9.
GIFT HORSE features a supporting cast that includes Sonny Tufts (The Seven Year Itch), James Donald (The Bridge on the River Kwai), Bernard Lee (the James Bond franchise), Dora Bryan (Fallen Idol), Hugh Williams (Wuthering Heights) and Meredith Edwards (A Run For Your Money).
Marking the first time the film will be available to own on Blu-Ray and Digital, looking better than ever and packaged with brand-new extras material, GIFT HORSE is a welcome addition to the VINTAGE CLASSICS collection.
In 1940, the Royal Navy is frantically recruiting for WWII so pulls Lieutenant Commander Fraser (Trevor Howard) out of retirement to captain the HMS Ballantrae, herself recently re-commissioned and lent by the Americans to a seriously under-resourced British Navy.
Despite an inauspicious start and multiple repairs, Fraser crafts the ship and its crew into an efficient fighting force, culminating in a daring mission to destroy a French dockyard which is crucial to the Nazis in maintaining their formidable battleships.
The climax of the film is a fictional account of the real-life St Nazaire Raid of 1942 AKA Operation Chariot – led by a ship very similar to the Gift Horse itself, and celebrated as The Greatest Raid of All.
- Operation Chariot and HMS Campbeltown: James Dorrian Remembers the Real Gift Horse
- Ceremony Commemorating 5 Year Anniversary of the St Nazaire Raid (1947 British Pathé)
- Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery
- Original Trailer
GIFT HORSE is part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’ – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content.
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