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Old 07-29-2020, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default Inspiring Movie Scene Featuring Pipers

Years ago I saw a movie in which there was a scene of a dozen or so pipers shown in open formation wading up onto a beach, piping (probably Scotland the Brave), as soldiers (commandos?) came charging up through their ranks, continuing onward to engage the enemy. Inspirational!

As I recall, the leader may have been Peter Lawford or James Mason or Richard Burton (or someone very much like them, white turtle-neck sweater and all).

Many repeated Google searches have kept turning up only Bill Millin (Lord Lovatt) in "The Longest Day", but the scene that I so vividly remember was NOT from "The Longest Day" (wherein there was just the one piper at the landing). But it was most probably a WWII film.

Can anyone help identify that film?

I ask out of sentiment. Many years ago, my ten year-old daughter and I were visiting the Highlands. We went to a village festival the evening of our arrival, and at its close, we were privileged to follow a formation of pipers, marching in the gloaming up out of the glen, playing Scotland The Brave. It was every bit as thrilling as it should have been.

I'd really like to refresh and pass on that memory, but have been unable to find the (similar) movie scene I described.

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Old 07-29-2020, 05:34 PM   #2
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I'm glad you found bagpipes inspirational. I still remember my first experience hearing a well-tuned set of pipes played by a competent piper.

These references may be helpful, especially if no one pops up with an exact answer...

Bagpipes go to the Movies:
http://fraser.cc/pipes/movies.html

Bagpipes: Movie scenes: (Though many clips have been deleted.)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...C6F77F7109C9BC

If you do find the movie and it's not mentioned here, please do post what the movie turns out to be!

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Old 07-30-2020, 12:31 AM   #3
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It sounds as though it may have been "A Bridge Too Far"...but I may be mistaken it with "The Longest Day."

Can't wait to figure it out.

Cheers!
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Old 07-30-2020, 07:00 AM   #4
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Andrew, have you seen those "expert reacts" videos on Youtube?

Things like:

-FBI disguise expert reacts to disguise scenes in movies

-ER Nurse reacts to ER scenes in TV shows

It would be hilarious if a piper did a video

-Bagpipe expert reacts to bagpipe scenes in movies

It could be half serious/half spoof, because the piper could point out all the errors, at the same time there's a level of absurdity to it.

All the stuff where the "piper" seen onscreen (who often knows nothing about the instrument) stops blowing, or never was blowing, yet the pipes are sounding?

Or the "piper" isn't fingering the chanter, yet a tune is coming out?

Or the "piper" has Highland pipes, but the soundtrack has uilleann pipes?

I've been hired to do that! Play uilleann pipes on a soundtrack when the film is showing a Highland piper.

Many people don't realise that the sounds you hear in film weren't recorded on the set, but were all added later. The footsteps, the slamming doors, the musicians playing, often even the dialog of the principles is added later. An actual movie set is an eerily silent place except for the principles doing their lines.

In any case, I'm sure we're seen this scene, which is utterly inaccurate and preposterous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqkZr9C5C64

For one thing, that regiment didn't wear kilts at that time.

For another, there was no such thing as a "pipe band" at that time, each company would probably have a piper, so there would be a few pipers scattered across the battlefield playing individually, and not playing with the drummers. The pipers might be playing Ceol Mor.
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Old 07-30-2020, 07:32 AM   #5
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A more difficult challenge might be to find a movie scene containing bagpipes where a piper watching the scene does not manage to find anything wrong with it
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:33 AM   #6
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In any case, I'm sure we're seen this scene, which is utterly inaccurate and preposterous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqkZr9C5C64

For one thing, that regiment didn't wear kilts at that time.

For another, there was no such thing as a "pipe band" at that time, each company would probably have a piper, so there would be a few pipers scattered across the battlefield playing individually, and not playing with the drummers. The pipers might be playing Ceol Mor.
I guess the Americans didn't like that either, for it appeared all their firepower was directed at the pipers and drummers, rather than the British soldiers!
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:59 AM   #7
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Yet Another and Very Partial...
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In any case, I'm sure we're seen this scene, which is utterly inaccurate and preposterous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqkZr9C5C64





Greetings to All,

As so accurately noted above... almost everything that
is technically difficult... is put in later... and is... "Saved in
Post." :)

Nice to again see the Soup Plate Sole on the pipes... and
a very nice rendition of "Hielan Laddie"... whom ever it may
have been playing. :)

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Old 07-30-2020, 01:02 PM   #8
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My favorite

The Devil's Brigade - The Canadians Arrive

https://youtu.be/g1awwAgU_t8?t=90


at 1:30
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Old 07-30-2020, 02:32 PM   #9
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Just finished reading a new, and very well researched and written, history of the Battle of New Orleans. One diary reflects that one of the pipers was playing Monymusk as a reel. As Richard pointed out, no pipe bands were involved.

The Greatest Fury - The Battle of New Orleans and the Rebirth of America, 2019, by William C. Davis.
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Old 08-02-2020, 06:36 PM   #10
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My favorite

The Devil's Brigade - The Canadians Arrive

https://youtu.be/g1awwAgU_t8?t=90


at 1:30
Notice the drummers stop playing on film but the snares keep playing on the soundtrack! Oops!

It's Richard Dawson playing one of the pipers, who oddly enough isn't playing, but in the ranks carrying his pipes.

One thing it's nice to see there is that most of the Canadian troops aren't doing the high modern British arm-swing, which I don't think existed in WWII. The film of the 51st Highland Division victory parade in Germany in 1945 shows them doing the lower arm-swing similar to the US Army.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcA4ffFNiAk
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