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 the Smith family 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 Archduke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-man's-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
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The Musical Shot In The Arm !
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Did You Know?
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
On the morning of the Christmas Truce, when one of the soldiers is offered a hot drink, he doesn't move his lips when he says "cocoa". See more
Sir Edward Grey
[as war breaks out
The lamps are going out all over Europe, we will not see them lit again in our lifetime.
The principal statements made by the historical characters in this film are based on documentary evidence and the words of the songs are those sung by the troops during the First World War See more
Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Arranged by Alfred Ralston See more