The bofors gun is a 1968 british drama film directed by jack gold and starring nicol williamson ian holm and john thaw it was based on the play events while guarding the bofors gun by john mcgrath . Bofors produced a gun that was a smaller version of a 57 mm 6 pounder semi automatic gun developed as an anti torpedo boat weapon in the late 19th century by finspng their first test gun was a re barreled nordenfelt version of the finspong gun to which was added a semi automatic loading mechanism. The film overall is not exceptional the story concerns the events that take place during one evening whilst a squad of men guard a gun park on a military base the story was originally a play by john mcgrath and this shows in the films very wordy script and and static locations. John mcgraths television play the bofors gun was expanded if not improved by this film adaptation the time is 1954 a weak willed british corporal david warner desperately wants to improve . The 40mm bofors gun first produced in the 1930s has become one of the most famous artillery pieces of all time it shows no sign of fading from the defense scene even though in the second decade of the twenty first century it performs in many roles that were not contemplated by its original designers
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