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How I Won the War
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Director:
Writers:
Patrick Ryan (novel)
Charles Wood (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 October 1967 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"There have been far too many unwounded prisoners taken in this war!" See more »
Plot:
An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
A different kind of war film See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Michael Crawford ... Lt. Goodbody

John Lennon ... Gripweed

Roy Kinnear ... Clapper
Lee Montague ... Transom

Jack MacGowran ... Juniper

Michael Hordern ... Grapple
Jack Hedley ... Melancholy Musketeer
Karl Michael Vogler ... Odlebog
Ronald Lacey ... Spool
James Cossins ... Drogue
Ewan Hooper ... Dooley

Alexander Knox ... American General

Robert Hardy ... British General

Sheila Hancock ... Mrs. Clapper's Friend

Charles Dyer ... Happy-Trousered Man
Bill Dysart ... Paratrooper
Paul Daneman ... Skipper
Peter Graves ... Staff Officer
Jack May ... Toby
Richard Pearson ... Old Man at Alamein
Pauline Taylor ... Woman in Desert
John Ronane ... Operator
Norman Chappell ... Soldier at Alamein
Bryan Pringle ... Reporter
Fanny Carby ... Mrs. Clapper
Dandy Nichols ... 1st Old Lady
Gretchen Franklin ... 2nd Old Lady
John Junkin ... Large Child
John Trenaman ... Driver
Mick Dillon ... 1st Replacement
Kenneth Colley ... 2nd Replacement
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Aspinall ... Death Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Lester 
 
Writing credits
Patrick Ryan (novel)

Charles Wood (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Lester .... producer
Denis O'Dell .... associate producer (as Dennis O'Dell)
 
Original Music by
Ken Thorne 
 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
 
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith 
 
Casting by
James Liggat 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Harrison 
John Stoll 
 
Costume Design by
Dinah Greet 
 
Production Management
Hubert Fröhlich .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José López Rodero .... assistant director (as Pepe Rodero)
 
Art Department
José Algueró .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Don Challis .... dubbing editor
Leslie Hammond .... sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Eddie Fowlie .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rita Rumbelow .... costume assistant
 
Music Department
Ken Thorne .... conductor
 

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Runtime:
USA:109 min | Argentina:109 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences)

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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:
Grapple:That's the way to beat the Hun - dig in, then break through with sword and lance.
[slight pause]
Grapple:I think.
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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A different kind of war film, 1 June 2001
Author: craigjclark from Haddonfield, NJ

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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