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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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Lt. Goodbody
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Gripweed
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Clapper
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Grapple
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Melancholy Musketeer
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Odlebog
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Spool
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Drogue
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Dooley
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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's been some marvelous advances in surgery, thanks to war!" See more »

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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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

John Lennon wrote "Strawberry Fields Forever" while shooting this movie in Spain. See more »

Quotes

Clapper: What we want is more humane killers!
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Connections

Referenced in The South Bank Show: The Making of Sgt. Pepper (1992) 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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A different kind of war film
1 June 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

The first time I watched this film, it was because I was a big Beatles fan and wanted to see John Lennon's performance. I was in my teens and didn't understand much of what went on, but at least I made a valiant effort.

The second time I watched this film -- about a decade later -- it was because I was now a big Richard Lester fan and wanted to see if I understood a little more of what was going on; I did. A decade spent honing my sense of irony and a crash course in classic British comedy helped out there.

This film is right up there with "Dr. Strangelove" as far as black comedies about the insanity of war go. And any film where John Lennon gets to say, "Can I rub your ball, sir? It gives me great pleasure." is okay in my book.


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