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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

 -  Musical | War  -  3 October 1969 (USA)
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A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Allnutt ...
Flo Smith
Colin Farrell ...
Harry Smith
Malcolm McFee ...
Freddie Smith
John Rae ...
Grandpa Smith
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Bertie Smith
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George Smith
Paul Shelley ...
Jack Smith
Kim Smith ...
Dickie Smith
Angela Thorne ...
Betty Smith
Mary Wimbush ...
Mary Smith
Vincent Ball ...
Australian Soldier
Pia Colombo ...
Estaminet Singer
Paul Daneman ...
Isabel Dean ...
Sir John French's Lady
Christian Doermer ...
Fritz
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A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time. Written by Sonya Roberts <sonya_roberts@geocities.com>

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The Musical Shot In The Arm ! See more »

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Musical | War

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3 October 1969 (USA)  »

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Aftos o yperohos polemos  »

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The original Broadway production of "Oh, What a Lovely War" opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York on September 30, 1964, ran for 125 performances and was nominated for the 1965 Tony Award for the Best Musical. See more »

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When Sir John's car drives off after his conversation with Harry, a modern car can be seen reflected in the window. See more »

Quotes

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: Grant us victory, O Lord, before the Americans get here.
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Referenced in What Did You Do in the Great War Daddy? (2007) See more »

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The Church's One Foundation
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Music by Samuel Wesley
Arranged by Alfred Ralston
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Should be subtitled: Don't Go Near the Poppies
10 July 2001 | by (Cullowhee, NC) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in the theater in 1969. In my opinion it was by far the most powerful anti-war movie I had ever seen. I came to IMDB looking for a place where I could order a copy so that my children could see it. I can not think of another movie which makes use of the media so effectively. For instance, the party atmosphere of the boardwalk where we see a toy merry-go-round with puppets which blends into a real merry-go-round with real soldiers and real women which blends into real soldiers in a real battle. And the scene where the "upper class" lady is enticing men to join the army morphs into a whore soliciting anybody she can drag onstage. Then the camera moves to the men gathered backstage and the backdrop of the curtains in the theatre becomes the canvas cover of the truck carrying the men to the battlefront. Death is symbolized by poppies. The surrealistic atmosphere allows the characters to pass by poppies, or be handed a poppy rather than being shot or dying from mustard gas. And I particularly liked the scoreboard where the result--regardless of the men lost or the ground lost was always VICTORY! The final scene with the women and children having a picnic in a beautiful field requires the scope of the "big screen." When the child comes running up to his mother and asks, "What did Daddy do in the war?" the answer comes not from the mother but from the camera pulling back very slowly from the picnic. We see a cross and some poppies and then we see more poppies and more crosses until all we can see are the crosses and poppies of Flanders Field and we are no longer able to distinguish the people having the picnic. This is a film for those who enjoy surrealism and satire. It is a must for anyone studying anti-war films. And as an added treat, it has in it practically everybody who was anybody in British theatre at the time it was made.


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