April 6th, 1917. as a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap. 1917 is a 2019 british war film directed and produced by sam mendes, who co wrote the film with krysty wilson cairns.partially inspired by stories told to mendes by his paternal grandfather alfred about his service during world war i, the film takes place after the german retreat to the hindenburg line during operation alberich, and follows two british soldiers, will schofield (george mackay. 1917 (40,431) imdb 8.3 1h 58min 2019 x ray r director sam mendes brings his singular vision to this world war i epic. two british soldiers must cross enemy territory and deliver a timely message to stop a deadly attack. 1917 was a common year starting on monday of the gregorian calendar and a common year starting on sunday of the julian calendar, the 1917th year of the common era (ce) and anno domini (ad) designations, the 917th year of the 2nd millennium, the 17th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1910s decade. as of the start of 1917, the gregorian calendar was 13 days ahead of the julian. 1917 critics consensus. hard hitting, immersive, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of world war i with raw, startling immediacy.