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Spike Milligan and his friends decide to go to occupied France to silence a large German gun that is firing across the channel. They bumble though encounters with Germans and the French resistance fighters, travelling around by train and bicycle. Written by
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Saw twice as a kid and never forgot this wonderful World War II Comedy
This was a film I saw while quite young on WGN in Chicago. The opening sequence of animation was as good as the recent movie Valiant. The premise of a British Army Rehabilitation Hospital in the early days of World War II as a basis for a funny movie may seem strange but Spike Milligan and the gang make it work. One of the more memorable moments was the evaluation board meeting patients and deciding the ability of the patients to return to active duty; this was made funny by the Chief of Staff of the Hospital being an ob/gyn in civilian life. He approaches all his patients as if he was still in the maternity ward. The men demonstrate the so called bicycle exercise to show fitness and say "It helps restore your figure afterwards". The lead characters are an English officer who has lost a leg, a french officer who has lost a hand, an English demolitons expert recovering from PTSD, and a colonel who is in charge of the local Home Guard as he was thought too old to fight in World War II. The one legged englishman and the one handed french man swap uniform jackets to fool the board and it works until the french man shakes hands with the president of the board and loses his prosthetic hand. The two jacket swapers then dream up their own covert operations force and name it SOD(too English a piece of slang;now I get why it was funny). The movie is a prequel spoof of the Guns of Navarone; a rag tag group is out to silence German coast artillery piece wreaking havoc on the innocent civilians and allied forces. The Germans are portrayed in a manner befitting the best Mel Brooks could dream up.
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