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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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Elizabeth May 'Betty' Smith
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Mary Emma Smith
Vincent Ball ...
Australian Soldier
Pia Colombo ...
Estaminet Singer
Paul Daneman ...
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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 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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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

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

[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 Welcome to World War One (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Wore a Tulip
(uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Jack Mahoney
Performed by Michael Redgrave
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Maggie Smith's depiction of Anticipation versus Reality
8 December 2004 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

What struck me most about the film was Maggie Smith's remarkable transformation as she was at first an alluring young girl,- the Music Hall star as recruiting agent - the epitome of that era's romantic glorification of Going To Do Battle,then as the blood and death became evident, her character was transformed into a painted, ravaged whore.The heart-rending ending aside,the acres and acres of crosses dotting a hillside,her symbolism is what stays with us.My sister's-in-law first husband was next to Rudyard Kipling's son when he got blown up,and the sensitivity and denial of that time was such that the Kipling family only received notice that their son was "lost".This film managed to show just that attitude.And-- it resonates in today's view of the current lost cause.


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