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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  4 May 1945 (USA)
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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:
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Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Johnny Cannon
Anton Walbrook ...
Roland Culver ...
Col. Betteridge
James McKechnie ...
Spud Wilson
Albert Lieven ...
von Ritter
Arthur Wontner ...
Embassy Counsellor
David Hutcheson ...
Hoppy
Ursula Jeans ...
Frau von Kalteneck
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Murdoch
Harry Welchman ...
Major Davies
Reginald Tate ...
van Zijl
A.E. Matthews ...
President of Tribunal
Carl Jaffe ...
von Reumann (as Carl Jaffé)
Valentine Dyall ...
von Schönborn
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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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Colonel Blimp  »

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Trivia

Director Michael Powell was intrigued by how second-unit cameraman Jack Cardiff was filming the animal heads and gave Cardiff his first big break as the cinematographer on his next film, Stairway to Heaven (1946). See more »

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When Spud is tripped over, chairs are in different positions. See more »

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Murdoch: Anything wrong, sir?
Clive Candy: Murdoch, the war is over. The Germans have accepted the terms of the armistice; hostilities cease at 10 O'clock. It's nearly that now. Murdoch, do you know what this means?
Murdoch: I do, sir. Peace. We can go home. Everybody can go home.
Clive Candy: For me, Murdoch, it means more than that; it means that right is might after all. The Germans have shelled hospitals, bombed open towns, sunk neutral ships, used poison gas, and we won -- clean fighting, honest soldiering have won. God bless you, ...
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Churchill was most definitely wrong
5 September 2004 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Forget what another reviewer said here about being "shallow and lacking in emotional content" and full of "stock characters", as nothing could be further from the truth. This is one of the finest British films ever made.

It may mock the old reactionary Blimp (who pretty much is Churchill) but it does so with deep sympathy for his passing age of fair play. And its message that Britain must fight a realistic war was a great bit of intelligent and patriotic propaganda. By opposing it Churchill underestimated the intelligence of the British people.

Roger Livesey's and Anton Walbrook's performances are both fantastic, and the film contains two drop-dead emotional moments: Walbrook's single shot speech about leaving Germany, and Livesey's final lines as the film ends.

And any film which has a character called Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff MUST be good.


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