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How I Won the War
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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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An officer and a gentle idiot 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 (Eastmancolor)
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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:
John Lennon recorded all post-synchronization work for his character in the film from December 28-29, 1966, at Twickenham Film Studios in London, England.See more »
Quotes:
Grapple:[standing atop a desert fortification] Fourth Muskets, aren't you?
Goodbody:[on the ground] Sir.
Grapple:Been expecting you. I'm your link to Army. Blue, white, and two reds.
Goodbody:I'm green, green, green, sir.
Grapple:Oh ho ho ho, I know you are.
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Soundtrack:
Theme from 'Lawrence of Arabia'See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An officer and a gentle idiot, 11 May 2007
Author: Juha Hämäläinen from Finland

War is the noblest of games, specially for the Queen's musketeers. Lt. Ernest Goodbody with his ready learned and endless banalities about duty, heroism and just about anything that comes to his mind is in his clumsy foolishness in a league of his own.

Jokes come in such rapid fire that this war comedy has to be viewed several times in order to all of them be taken fully in. The pace of cutting, scenes and clever dialog is really fast. Dick Lester directs the story from mad screwball comedy to short moments of even madder reality -combat, wounding, deaths- and back again without losing any of the films evident power. The continuous use of different film techniques may strike some as tiring or pretentious. I liked the rich variation, because it just somehow fits so well and Lester is never in danger of loosing the scarlet thread of irony. Some of the best moments are sprung by satiric takes on war movies and documentaries. A mission for the crew involves them to build a cricket field in the desert to impress their officers. So, under burning sun the convoy duly drags along a field roller across the dunes while the soundtrack is blaring unmistakeably recognizable music from 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Some of the training sequences brought to mind bits from Laurel and Hardy comedies.

At times situations begin to reach a point of surrealism. The soldiers already fallen in battle follow along the crew as ghosts of different colors. The oldest and most experienced man in the crew starts to dress and act like a circus clown. The changes and surprises just keep coming.

Watching the scene where John Lennon as soldier Gripweed gets killed in a German field has now an enormous effect for reasons easy to understand. As he sits there bleeding, faces the camera and says something like "You know this would happen", it really makes an extra strong comment on violence now. Stronger than the writer, director or any other ever had in mind. For a thirty years old black comedy this movie still has an awful lot to say.

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