Foyle's War

Foyle's War

DVD - 2003
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English Detective Christopher Foyle solves crimes on the home front while he reluctantly sits out on World War II. Includes four episodes: 'The German Woman,' 'The White Feather,' 'A Lesson In Murder,' and 'Eagle Day.'
Publisher: [United States] : Acorn Media, 2003
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781569386040
1569386048
Branch Call Number: DVD TV FOY
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 412 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Kitchen, Michael

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scribby
Sep 14, 2017

When the world is at war and murder is taking place on a massive scale, what is one to make of individual crimes? What constitutes illegality? Is there a difference between crime and political murder? Those questions are posed, and not always answered, in this WWII whodunit series. Superimposing fictional characters and storylines into actual, historical incidents (in a more integrated way than standard “historical fiction”) is the masterstroke of this series, and the acting and period props all look authentic. Each episode has a “truth behind…” in the special features, explaining the actual event on which the story was based. Entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking, this is much better fare than that other (and overly lurid) BBC detective series by the same writer, “Midsommer Murders”. Highly recommended.

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NanCcan
Aug 29, 2017

Wow! A TV series we totally enjoyed.
The stories, complicated and unpredictable, were all interwoven, and in the end - but not until the end - always all wrapped up and the case(s) solved - usually in the way you least expected it, but making total sense. The actor playing Detective Foyle does an amazing job. Very often he didn't say a word, but we could tell what he was thinking just from his expressions. Other times he delivered gut-punching lines ("I've figured out what you did and how you did it") with a perfectly straight face.
For us it was eye-opening, learning about WWII from the English point of view. There were many thought-provoking topics as various characters consider what would be the best course of action, and experience character-building events in their lives. I love learning something while being entertained.
Other reviews mentioned lack of captions; we watch everything with captions (although the actors in this series speak clearly enough for us to understand them better than most with an accent different from our own), and I believe there are now captions on all discs in every season of this series.

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Chiefs1970
Oct 14, 2016

This was an interesting series, but for us was seriously hindered as it did not have subtitles. Most but not all Acorn productions have the subtitles. Otherwise, very interesting premise for homicides in World War II.

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jg1980
Aug 03, 2016

- Excellent series ! Detective drama during and after WWII . Also very interesting to understand the hardships of the war in England . I watched all 8 series twice, and wished they made more . 10*

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revidini
Apr 15, 2016

Totally enjoyable series! Good acting, interesting story line, and a supporting cast that adds much to each episode. It is interesting to follow the lives of the regular cast of characters as the war unfolds. Michael Kitchen is a wonderful actor.

nowbert Mar 19, 2016

you don't need to be a history buff to enjoy this detective series, but if you are it will be that much more enjoyable. a real eye opener of how the British lived during the war--great acting and scenery. watching creator/writer Horowitz's interview is a must as his enthusiasm for his show is remarkable---obviously a work of love for him

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howiecat
Dec 16, 2015

Great series. you get to experience WWII in England from a policemen's point of view. Michael Kitchen, Foyle, is so cool, intelligent, and British He's a delight to watch. As usual the characters are great, the story unwinds slowly. But, if you're a fan of the Brits story telling, you'll like Foyle.

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rp3276
Jan 12, 2015

A great series and a history lesson of England during the War at home.

7duffy Nov 29, 2014

I find these British murder mysteries (outside of Luther) to be good, but not great. The acting is excellent, but the stories are so-so.

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DASTardlyGal
Nov 14, 2013

This is an excellent series. Wish I would of started watching them when they first came out. Have watched up to Series 4 and will continue to watch all them until I'm caught up. My ONE AND ONLY complaint: SUBTITLES(!) or lack of them! Seriously, I NEED subtitles, especially when watching shows from Great Britain. I have a lot of trouble trying to understand what is said. That is my one and only complaint about this series. Some of the other British shows have the subtitle options, I wish this one did. I think I'm missing out on important stuff being said by not understanding the accent. Highly recommend people to watch this series.

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