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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

G  |   |  Comedy, 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 the Smith family who go off to war. Much of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Allnutt ...
Florence Victoria 'Flo' Smith
Colin Farrell ...
Harry Arnold Smith
Malcolm McFee ...
Frederick Percy 'Freddie' Smith
John Rae ...
Grandpa Smith
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Bertram Biddle 'Bertie' Smith
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George Patrick Michael Smith
Paul Shelley ...
Jack Henry Smith
Kim Smith ...
Richard 'Dickie' Smith
Angela Thorne ...
Elizabeth May 'Betty' Smith
Mary Wimbush ...
Mary Emma 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 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 Sonya Roberts <sonya_roberts@geocities.com>

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The Musical Shot In The Arm ! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | War

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3 October 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aftos o yperohos polemos  »

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Tom Courtenay and Alan Bates were both offered key cameos. See more »

Goofs

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

Soldier Singer: It was Christmas Day in the cookhouse, the happiest time of the year, Men's hearts were full of gladness and their bellies full of beer, When up popped Private Shorthouse, his face as bold as brass, He said We don't want your Christmas pudding, you can stick it up your... tidings of co-omfort and joy, comfort and joy, o-oh ti-idings of co-omfort and joy. It was Christmas Day in the harem, the eunuchs were standing 'round, And hundreds of beautiful women were stretched out on the ground, Along ...
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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 »

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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Belgium Put the Kibosh on the Kaiser
(uncredited)
Written by Alf Ellerton
Performed by Jean-Pierre Cassel and chorus
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Lasting Comment on Human Conflict
11 November 2004 | by (Whittier, California) – See all my reviews

Walking in fields of red poppies. Singing "We're here-- because we're here-- because we're here because ... " John Mills as the British Field Marshall war criminal General Haig, walking thoughtfully in those graveyards; whatever was he thinking-- if anything? Today is Armistice Day, 11 November 2004. I think of this film as one of the top film monuments in Western film-making. It captures the meaning of War, in a way in which few other films capture it-- I'm Westen Nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front, 1930 version); Black and White in Color (French/African, 1969), and a very few others. The songs resonate, even in 2004-- "There's a silver lining, 'neath this dark cloud shining ... turn the darkness inside out, 'til the boys come home." Tonight I watched on PBS the faces and names, in silence, of 20 more dead in Iraq. Have you seen the film or read the book, Johnny Got His Gun? The only books whose plates were seized by the FBI, in 1939? The War goes on (Herman Hesse, 1916). And so it goes (Kurt Vonnegut, 1969).


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