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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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"What we want is more humane killers!" 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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The intended concept of the film was that archival black and white footage of each battle was to be tinted specific colors. The soldiers who died in that battle continue to accompany the unit silently with their uniforms now the color of the battle they died in. However, when the final answer print was sent from the principal lab in England to the labs in Los Angeles subcontracted out to make the release prints, the LA labs assumed that the tinted footage was a mistake, and graded it back to black and white without notifying anyone until the whole batch was struck. The version of the film shown on "Retroplex" from Starz has the battle scenes tinted different colors and the soldiers who die in a battle become that color. See more »

Quotes

Clapper: You married?
Gripweed: No, I play the harmonica.
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Connections

Referenced in Claude Jutra, an Unfinished Story (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

We're Going to Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line
(uncredited
Written by Michael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy
Sung during the first cricket match and also heard as a theme
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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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