Best depiction of a British Sergeant-Major in Film?

Discussion in 'Films, Music and All Things Artsy' started by Gheluvelt, Jun 25, 2009.

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  1. RSM Bert Wilson: The Hill

  2. C/Sgt Frank Bourne: Zulu (while not technically a Sgt-Maj, he is the SNCO so I'll count him)

  3. RSM Sandy Young: The Wild Geese

  4. Sgt-Maj Patrick Harper: The Sharpe Series (Sgt-Maj

  5. Other: I'm sure there are many I've missed

  1. Anyone who has worn the uniform has stood (to attention, no doubt) in awe/fear of an RSM at some point in their career. Which depiction of a Sergeant-Major, in film, do you think is best?

    I've listed the few I can think of, off the top of my head, and included an "Other" option for the many I'm sure I've missed...
  2. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
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    It's been done before as a topic (more than once, I think) but it was a while ago.

    I seem to recall that the chap from The Hill was popular as was CSgt Bourne.
  3. Richard Attenborough in Guns at Batsai did a fair job I thought.
  4. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Richard Attenborough as RSM Lauderdale in Guns at Batasi.

    Epitome of the British RSM.

    Damn - beaten to it.
  5. :oops: I did do a search and didn't come up with anything. Sorry for the repeat chaps.
  6. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    RSM Bert Wilson from The Hill without doubt.

    Does anybody know why the RSM and the Sergeants wore their rank on the left rather than the right?
    Always wondered about that.
  7. Fugly

    Fugly LE DirtyBAT

    Windsor Davies in Carry On England.
  8. Not a film - but Jim Davidsons impression of a certain WO2 in his stand up act to troops on decompression in cyprus (called "On the offensive") is awesome

    Especially when the regimental goat gets busted

  9. Percy Herbert as RSM Riddick in Tunes of Glory.
  10. Antony Andrews in "Ice cold in Alex"

  11. The late lamented Jack Watson as RSM Sandy Young in 'The Wild Geese' is up there with the best. Chatted with him on set once and a nicer bloke you couldn't hope to meet.
  12. If I may be so bold:

    Dickie Attenborough in 'Guns of Batasi'

    Say what you will about the actual film but you'd never know it was shot in Pirbright in November.
  13. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    Some quotes from RSM Sandy Young in Wild Geese


    Some of you know me already

    Those of you who don’t are in for a great, big fuckin’ surprise

    For those of you who do can expect an infinitely more horrible time than they can remember

    Any man here who steps out of line and I will kill stone dead, it will not worry me in the slightest

    There are no Queen’s regulations here! When I say jump, you ask how high

    Do I make myself clear

    I want to hear it

    Do I make myself clear

    RIGHT! On the command Right and Left turn, A and B squads turn to the right, C and D squads turn to the left.


    Right and Left TURN

    Right. Let’s drive for our first heart attack shall we


    Esposito, you’re not dead until I TELL you you’re dead.


    Get on your feet, you fcukin’ abortion!


    That was LUDICROUS, sir. You’re jumping from an aeroplane, not a whorehouse window. Do it again.

    Any some from RSM Lauderdale in Guns at Batasi


    Mr. Boniface! I’ve been a member of this Mess for 23 years, Sir. In all that time I’ve never seen anybody, man, woman or child, Warrant Officer, Field Marshal or Prime Minister walk into this mess with his hat upon his head. I do not see you now, Sir.


    Check out the clip from the scene above where RSM Lauderdale tears the mutinous Mr Boniface a new arrsehole

    3min, 40 seconds in
  14. Yes the poster above you - for a start.
  15. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    Doh, meant to say

    and some from....