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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 4 May 1945 (USA)
From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Welchman ...
Major Davies
Embassy Counsellor
von Ritter
James McKechnie ...
Spud Wilson
Reginald Tate ...
David Hutcheson ...
A.E. Matthews ...
President of Tribunal
Neville Mapp ...
Stuffy Graves
Vincent Holman ...
Club Porter (1942)


Portrays in warm-hearted detail the life and loves of one extraordinary man. We meet the imposingly rotund General Clive Wynne-Candy, a blustering old duffer who seems the epitome of stuffy, outmoded values. Traveling backwards 40 years we see a different man altogether: the young and dashing officer "Sugar" Candy. Through a series of relationships with three women and his lifelong friendship with a German officer, we see Candy's life unfold and come to understand how difficult it is for him to adapt his sense of military honor to modern notions of "total war." Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colonel Blimp  »


Box Office


£200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Microphonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The tapestry seen in the opening credits was made by the members of The Royal College of Needlework. See more »


When the two dogs are let into the London house, one of the dogs can be seen at the top of the stairs answering a call of nature. See more »


Hoppy: I was awfully sorry to hear about your leg.
[Looks down]
Hoppy: Jumping Jehosaphat! They're both there!
Clive Candy: What the hell did you think I was standing on?
Hoppy: They told me in Bloemfontein that they cut off your left leg.
Clive Candy: [Examines leg] Can't have, old boy. I'd have known about it.
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Crazy Credits

The lead actors' names are sewn onto a tapestry-like picture, written on scrolls. This opening credits "needlework tapestry" was completed by the Royal College of Needlework. See more »


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Can Can
(Infernal Galop) (uncredited)
from "Orpheus in the Underworld"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
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Life, the War and Everything
25 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

I love this film because it asks more questions than it answers. It takes a character that I would not be naturally sympathetic to and explores his life in the context of the war and politics of his time. The films bright colour constantly reinforces the message that the world can not be represented in the black and white of right and wrong. It is more modernist but less self-concious than a host of films that appeared in the 50's and 60's. James Joyce would have loved this film had he seen it. I know that no two people ever come away with the same memories of the film. Remember that this film was made in Britain during a war that the Nazis might have won. It still engages the viewer in a two-way experience that I believe has never been matched. It is true "open cinema" despite the criticisms that others may have. I still do not know what a lot of the film is trying to say, and I hope I never get all the answers. Ciaran Cregan 23.05.01

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