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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare.

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(based on Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop Production by, and the members of the original cast), (after a stage treatment by)
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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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(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the song "Bombed Last Night" in the trench that had just undergone a gassing disaster, when the sergeant is doing his dance, he is just turning clockwise on 'no more of us'. However, in the next frame, he is suddenly facing the absolute opposite way with no time in between shots for him to have turned around that quickly. See more »

Quotes

[to a stretcher case with a bandaged head]
Nurse: Don't worry. We'll soon have you back at the front.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 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 »

Connections

Featured in Richard Attenborough: A Life (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Sing Me to Sleep, Sergeant Major
(uncredited)
Written by G. Clifton Bingham and Edwin Greene
Performed by chorus
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The film I most want to experience again
8 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie once, thirty years ago, and it still has the power to choke me inside.

This is the first film I look for on any movie site I go to. Every other movie I just browse for.

Along with the original "All Quiet on the Western Front", I find it one of the most powerful war movies ever. All the other movies have actors that you know didn't die - no matter how realistic the scenes.

This movie truly affected me at the time.

I would drive a long way to purchase, or see this movie. Why has this movie never been released when so many worse have been? Other movies might be considered entertainment, but not this one.


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