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How I Won the War (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 23 October 1967 (USA)
An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.

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Cast

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Lt. Goodbody
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Gripweed
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Clapper
Lee Montague ...
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Grapple
Jack Hedley ...
Melancholy Musketeer
Karl Michael Vogler ...
Odlebog
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Spool
James Cossins ...
Drogue
Ewan Hooper ...
Dooley
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American General
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British General
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Mrs. Clapper's Friend
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Happy-Trousered Man
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Storyline

This film features former Beatle John Lennon and Roy Kinnear as ill-fated enlisted men in under the inept command of Lieutenant Earnest Goodbody. The story unwinds mostly in flashbacks of Lieutenant Goodbody who has lower-class beginnings and education which make him a poor officer who commands one of the worst units of the army. Written by Jenny Evans <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>

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Comedy | War

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Cómo gané la guerra  »

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(RCA Recording System)

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Trivia

The glasses worn by John Lennon were known as "metal British National Health Service (NHS) style frames". The standard issued eyeglasses were covered by the "free" British health care system. John Lennon was "blind as a bat" claimed fellow Beatle Paul McCartney. While making the movie, he felt a sense of liberation being able to see while not worrying about how he looked in them. The glasses, which at the time were the farthest thing from being fashionable were a keeper. They have now become known as John Lennon glasses and are available in most optical store in the western hemisphere. See more »

Quotes

Grapple: Never underrate the wily Pathan. What we're going on to now is the wily Pathan, followed the use of and handling of anti-gas carpet. The Pathan lives in India. India is a hot, strange country. It's full of wily Pathans and they're up to wily things, which is why I always wear spurs, even in cold weather. Now, my advice to you is always to keep your rifle strapped to a suitable portion of your body - your leg is good. Otherwise, you'll find the wily Pathan will strip himself mother-naked, grease...
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Connections

Featured in The Beatles Anthology: July '66 to June '67 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Colonel Bogey March
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Written by Kenneth Alford, pseudonym of F. J. Ricketts
Whistled during the attack on the oasis and heard as a theme in the desert scenes
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This film is funny on so many levels!
13 April 2002 | by (London, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Many people hate this movie because of how absurd and hard to follow it is. Really, IMO, it isn't as hard to follow as many people say. The characters are very well developed. Michael Crawford plays the inept Lt. Goodbody and Beatle John Lennon plays a fascist thief named Gripweed. The story, however absurd it may be, is actually pretty interesting. Goodbody's troop must set up a cricket pitch in the middle of nowhere.

I think it's actually a very good movie. I bought it only because it has John Lennon but I love it now for so many more reasons.


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