David Mamet's gloomy adaptation of Terence Rattigan's bittersweet play is handsomely appointed and faultlessly acted, but no more alive than a well-dressed corpse. As World War I looms on England's horizon, a different kind of war is about to break out in
the Winslow household. Young Ronnie Winslow (Guy Edwards) has been sacked from the Naval Academy at Osborne, accused of a crime he swears he didn't commit: Pinching a five-shilling postal note from a fellow cadet. Convinced of his son's innocence, patriarch Arthur Winslow (Nigel Hawthorne) vows to
clear his son's name, but it's not a battle that's easily won. The Naval Academy is considered to be part of the Crown...