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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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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)
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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:
John Lennon found the Spanish location quite boring, so Ringo Starr flew out to keep him company.See more »
Quotes:
Gripweed:Mind you, I'm working class.
Grapple:Oh. I had a grandfather who was working class. Until he sold it.
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten Gem, 8 May 2005
Author: thearchives from United States

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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