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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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(RCA Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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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

Gripweed: Well, our officer calls me up and he says to me, he says, "Musketeer Gripweed..." He was a tall chap, some would call him weedy. I did. He said to me, and bear in mind that we were some few hundred miles behind enemy lines. He said, "green, green, green," so I did.
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Soundtracks

Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart
(uncredited)
Written by Eberhard Storch, English language lyrics written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons
Perhaps sung by Michael Crawford
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Forgotten Gem
8 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although (unfairly) ravaged by critics at the time and so generally dismissed ever since, HOW I WON THE WAR is both a brilliant anti-war film and anti war film film (much more so than the usually heralded M*A*S*H). Filled with biting satire and brilliant performances from Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear, Ronald Lacey, Michael Hordern and, well, the entire cast, HIWTW was perhaps a bit too odd for 1967 audiences who expected perhaps a more madcap adventure, but today it deserves not only a rethink - but a reissue on DVD. (Why this wonderful movie is not available on DVD (at least in the US) is yet another slap in its face.) Richard Lester and writer Charles Wood (who also wrote HELP! for the Beatles) have crafted a brilliant black comedy that easily stands with Dr Strangelove. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, granted, but if you forget your preconceptions and let it wash over you, you will be richly rewarded. RELEASE IT ON DVD!


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