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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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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
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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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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An unforgettable story of forty gallant years. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

4 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colonel Blimp  »

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Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Microphonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Winston Churchill hated the film and wanted it banned. See more »

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A camera shadow is visible on the Clive's back as he approaches Theo at the prisoner camp. See more »

Quotes

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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Life, the War and Everything
25 May 2001 | by (Derry, Northern Ireland) – 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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