Film and Plot Synopsis
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.
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‘1917’ Movie Summary
They set off together across no man’s land, not sure if the Germans had actually withdrawn. When they find the German trenches empty, they are nearly buried alive by a booby trap explosive left to kill them. Soon after, they come upon an abandoned farmhouse and see English planes down a German fighter. Blake and Schofield rescue the German pilot from the flaming wreckage, and Blake is stabbed for his efforts and dies at the farmhouse. Schofield promises to write to Blake’s mother.
Schofield is able to ride a ways in a British truck and then must cross into German-held territory alone. He dodges gunfire, suffers a concussion, provides much needed milk to a French infant, and nearly drowns escaping, before he finds the English unit about to attack. Schofield attempts to find the Colonel Mackenzie and call of the attack. As he runs through the trenches, the first wave of the attack is sent out. Schofield exits the trench and runs across the battlefield to deliver his message sooner.
Upon finding Mackenzie, the attack is reluctantly called off, and the first wave is brought back. Schofield sets out to find Blake’s brother, and eventually finds him tending to the wounded. After informing him about his brother’s heroic death, Schofield lies down to rest against a tree and looks at photographs of his family.