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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

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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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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"There have been far too many unwounded prisoners taken in this war!" See more »

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Comedy | War

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Release Date:

23 October 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cómo gané la guerra  »

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Sound Mix:

(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

Goodbody: [talking aloud to himself] I can't, I fear, I can't march properly on my own, as an officer, in the public eye.
Juniper: [sitting in back of a truck, smoking, holding a broom] Isn't that sickening when that happens to a chap? Couldn't your drill instructor do something about it? Like a quick jab up the crotch with a broom bass?
[holds up broom]
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Connections

Spoofs Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Colonel Bogey March
(uncredited)
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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