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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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Vincent Ball ...
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Paul Daneman ...
Czar Nicholas II
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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 ever popular war game with songs battles & a few jokes See more »

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Comedy | Musical | War

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G | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

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

In spite of the horrors of the war narrated in the film, all casualties are always implied: not a single blood drop or stain is shown, and no person is seen felled by bombs or bullets. 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

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: Grant us victory, O Lord, before the Americans get here.
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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 »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 18 February 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Stille Nacht
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Arranged by Alfred Ralston
Performed by chorus
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War-what good is it?
28 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Now on DVD with additional features including comments from all the major players. An all time favorite film because of the satire and today its nothing new same old thing. Each War seems to be worse than the last-lessons are never learned. Its the rich versus the poor-the officers who only got their commissions because they were born privileged. The film is obviously Anti War and wastes no opportunity to make pointed comments at the Masters of War. The cavalier attitude to Death is emphasised when one leader reads out the figures of "Casualties-201447 privates and officers killed yesterday.Ground gained-NIL" This movie says more about the futility of War than any other


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