They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old

By Peter Jackson

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2018-12-17
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Production Company: Imperial War Museums
  • Production Country: New Zealand, United Kingdom
  • iTunes Price: USD 19.99
From 81 Ratings


Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson sets out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants.




  • Thank you great Grandad

    By _MP_
    One of the best war documentaries since Laurence Olivier narrated The World at War.

    By Tonjim
    Perhaps one of the most stunning documentaries I have ever seen on three levels. Technical level is unsurpassed. Having the actual surviving veterans tell their story: incredable. The moral lessons, unheeded; from so long ago: heart wrenching!
  • "Amazing"

    By Hg Wells
    Elsewhere, I wrote this was an excellent movie. I then came back to change that. Excellent wasn't strong enough. It's "amazing." Since then, I've been gratified to see how many others have used that some word to describe this film. I also don't classify this as a documentary. People ofter think lesser of documentaries than of "regular" movies. To me, it really is beyond a documentary. But, whatever it is, it's an amazing film, technologically, the story (as wonderfully told by those who were there), and from a human perspective, in general. Some have said it doesn't add much to our knowledge of WWI than we already know. I believe the people who say that may know less than they think. I have no doubt this is will be an under appreciated/understood film. And the fact that, as I understand, it apparently will not be eligible for even consideration for an Oscar is appalling. I'm old enough to know when the Academy was respected for its recognition of films. No longer. To leave this remarkable film out of consideration is—and I repeat myself—appalling. Having said all that, it is definitely not for young people and calls to show it at any K-12 school is wrong. (But their teachers should see it.) On the other hand, adults who suggest it is too strong for them (or perhaps anyone) apparently don't truly understand the horrors of war and what those who fought it had to go through. The R rating is appropriate and the reasons for it are clearly noted on iTunes. I am a veteran. One last thing. Buy the movie and watch the nearly 30 minute extra on the making of the movie. Remarkable, too.
  • Beautifully done about a not so beautiful time

    By westconf
    Jackson is to be highly commended on this film. It was beuatifully done... about a time in hisroty that was not so beautiful... I know it took painstaking hours and time to put it all together. A masterpiece, IMHO. Thanks for you time and energy on this film..Peter Jackson.
  • Needs more narrative

    By karmey57
    I wanted to give this movie five stars, but I'd have liked to see more shaping of the material into a distinct narrative, a la Ken Burns. As it was, it was unbroken footage and quotes from beginning to end with little to distinguish the opening battles from the Armistice. But the effects were first rate. When the movie switches from 100-year-old B&W to restored color, it's as rich and dramatic as Dorothy opening the front door of her farmhouse on the Land of Oz.
  • I wish this film could be shown in every school in America

    By nyctelecaster
    Peter Jacksons WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old pays homage to the resilience of soldiers in WWI while showing the absolute horror of war. The restored footage is breathtaking. This along with the actual WWI soldiers narrating their experiences feels very personal, moving and current. Unfortunately, the theatrical run was limited, but I stuck around for the "special features" at the end... fascinating! I wish this film could be shown in every school in America.
  • Worth it for history..

    By Serious the Kat..
    This documentary puts the reality of World War 1 into perspective, while adding the humanity and inhumanity of war. Today's generation may complain about the inconvenience of peaceful living. The color brings the soldiers back through time after over 100 years and with eye opening realism. Americans may be dismayed. America did not join the war until 1918. The British, French, Canadians, ANZAC, and allied soldiers were in this from the beginnings. The cost was enormous, but memory lives on.. Forever..
  • Excellent

    By FurdTerguson
    Excellent x Excellent = Excellent
  • Needs more warning it may cause irrepairable emotional distress

    By politicaljules
    Do not under any circumstances watch this movie. It is mentally disturbing and the amount of human death images shown with horribly precise descriptions literally made me nauseous and I am not getting over it for a very long time. The distress from this movie had me running to the bathroom to throw up. I was a Registered Nurse with 20 years experience in the Operating Room. I have never seen as much death and gore as I saw in the 45 minutes of that movie before we had to shut it off. There is no warning in the preview or in the description of what the movie was going to be like. I have a 16 year old son who is a WW1 buff and a husband who is a military veteran. They are both in complete shock of the horror displayed in our own living room. The disgusting gore and death images are worse than any horror movie you will ever see in your lifetime. I did not think Apple could get any worse than the Death of Stalin. This movie proves otherwise. There nees to be reprercussions for the horror that Apple TV is going to cause anyone who tries to watch this movie. It is NOT what the preview portrays. Going to take something to cut the anxiety I am feeling right now as a result of watching this movie.
  • Brought to Life

    By gatormac
    This is not simply a matter of adding color to old black and white, as has been done before, and which really doesn't do much to improve the "real life" aspect old video footage. What is done here makes old black and whites come to life. At times it almost feels like you are there. The people look real. I don't know anything about the technical aspects other than to say it must have been a trul holistic approach using every technical improvement method avaibable- adding color to a level of detail unimaginable, slowing the footage down, shadow, etc. I watches this with high school students and after they told me they thought it was a reenactment with actors. I had to explain to them that it was real WWI footage. Increadible.