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How I Won the War (1967)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Goodbody
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Gripweed
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Clapper
Lee Montague ...
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Juniper
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Grapple
Jack Hedley ...
Melancholy Musketeer
Karl Michael Vogler ...
Odlebog
Ronald Lacey ...
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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23 October 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cómo gané la guerra  »

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(RCA Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

John Lennon found the Spanish location quite boring, so Ringo Starr flew out to keep him company. See more »

Quotes

Grapple: [standing atop a desert fortification] Fourth Muskets, aren't you?
Goodbody: [on the ground] Sir.
Grapple: Been expecting you. I'm your link to Army. Blue, white, and two reds.
Goodbody: I'm green, green, green, sir.
Grapple: Oh ho ho ho, I know you are.
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We're Going to Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line
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sheep in wolf's clothing
11 February 2001 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

An anti-war film in disguise... As a "fan" of war films but also a "peacenik" I love this movie. Aside from the fact that i am an overtly biased Beatles' fan this film is an intellectual riot. John Lennon co-stars with the star of Hello Dolly as members of a British military unit saddled with the ridiculous duty of building a cricket pitch during the invasion of North Africa! Filled with ironic black war humor, it suffers a little from the predictable muddle of most 60's films.

Something interesting to note is that John Lennon is first seen wearing his trademark round spectacles in this movie. Having been asked (for some reason) to wear the glasses for the film he continued to wear them for the rest of his life!

This movie is a must for all Lennon fans.


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