Private Potter

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Private Potter
Private Potter FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Casper Wrede
Produced by Ben Arbeid
Written by Casper Wrede, Ronald Harwood
Starring Tom Courtenay
Mogens Wieth
Ronald Fraser
James Maxwell
Frank Finlay
Music by George Hall
Cinematography Arthur Lavis
Edited by John Pomeroy
Release date
  • 1962 (1962)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Private Potter is a 1962 British drama film directed by Caspar Wrede and starring Tom Courtenay, Mogens Wieth, Ronald Fraser, and James Maxwell.


During the Cyprus Emergency, the eponymous Private Potter is a soldier who claims that the reason he cried out leading to the death of a comrade was that he saw a vision of God. There is then a debate over whether he should be court-martialled.



The screenplay was written by Ronald Harwood for a television play that was broadcast on ITV in 1961 as an ITV Television Playhouse production and featured the same main cast. Finnish-born director Caspar Wrede first spotted Tom Courtenay while he was still at RADA and the leading role of the fragile young soldier who wilts under pressure was his first film appearance.

External links

  • Private Potter on IMDb

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