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Imitation General (1958)

Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 29 August 1958 (Finland)
Sergeant Murphy Savage impersonates a dead general in order to inspire the demoralized troops in fighting their way out of Nazi encirclement.

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Cpl. Chan Derby
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Cpl. Terry Sellers
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Brig. Gen. Charles Lane
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Pvt. Orville Hutchmeyer
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Lt. Jeff Clayton
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Storyline

Master Sgt. "Murph" Savage impersonates a fallen general in the hope of inspiring his fellow soldiers to bravely fight their way out of a Nazi ensnarement. He might succeed if he can avoid the one soldier who knows his true identity. Written by Adam Thomas <summoner@cyberspace.org>

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Taglines:

THE WILDEST SNAFU the Army ever knew! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 August 1958 (Finland)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$944,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,915,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,165,000, 31 December 1958
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

NBC originally scheduled this film for broadcast on November 23, 1963. However it was canceled due to coverage of the death of President John F. Kennedy, and it wasn't broadcast until January 11, 1964. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film as the jeep drives through the artillery barrage, one or two explosions can be seen without the corresponding "boom". See more »

Connections

Referenced in L'imitation du cinéma (1960) See more »

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One of the BEST war movies ever
2 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Though I'm not a big fan of war movies I have seen this movie over and over again when I was younger, and was one I searched high and low on Blockbuster and such to see again. Ford and Buttons are marvelous and the movie walks the line between humor and the reality of the horror of war with real class... Would SO love to see it again!!

Ford's character was a n'er do well scammer who had made rank and been busted back more times than he could keep track of when he met an honorable man, a General, who went to the front lines though it was dangerous in hopes of rallying the troops... but was killed before reaching his goal. Inspired Ford decides to take over the mission and poses as the General.

One of the best scenes I remember was the German tank heading towards the village and Ford putting up a sign on the bridge saying that the bridge was mined so that the Germans would take the tanks thru the creek bed and expose their underbelly. But NOT going to tell you what happened.


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