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Writers:
Charles Chilton (play)
Len Deighton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 October 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The ever popular war game with songs battles & a few jokes See more »
Plot:
A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Masterpiece See more (60 total) »

Cast

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Wendy Allnutt ... Flo Smith
Colin Farrell ... Harry Smith
Malcolm McFee ... Freddie Smith
John Rae ... Grandpa Smith

Corin Redgrave ... Bertie Smith

Maurice Roëves ... George Smith
Paul Shelley ... Jack Smith
Kim Smith ... Dickie Smith
Angela Thorne ... Betty Smith
Mary Wimbush ... Mary Smith
Vincent Ball ... Australian Soldier
Pia Colombo ... Estaminet Singer
Paul Daneman ... Czar Nicholas II
Isabel Dean ... Sir John French's Lady
Christian Doermer ... Fritz
Robert Flemyng ... Staff Officer in Gassed Trench
Meriel Forbes ... Lady Grey

Ian Holm ... President Poincare
David Lodge ... Recruiting Sergeant
Joe Melia ... The Photographer
Guy Middleton ... Gen. Sir William Robertson

Juliet Mills ... Nurse
Nanette Newman ... Nurse
Cecil Parker ... Sir John
Natasha Parry ... Sir William Robertson's Lady
Gerald Sim ... Chaplain
Thorley Walters ... Staff Officer in Ballroom
Anthony Ainley ... 3rd Aide

Penelope Allen ... Solo Chorus Girl
Maurice Arthur ... Soldier Singer
Freddie Ascott ... 'Whizzbang' Soldier

Michael Bates ... Drunk Lance Corporal
Fanny Carby ... Mill Girl
Cecilia Darby ... Sir Henry Wilson's Lady
Geoffrey Davies ... Aide

Edward Fox ... Aide
George Ghent ... Heckler
Peter Gilmore ... Pvt. Burgess
Ben Howard ... Pvt. Garbett
Norman Jones ... Scottish Soldier
Paddy Joyce ... Irish Soldier
Angus Lennie ... Scottish Soldier
Harry Locke ... Heckler
Clifford Mollison ... Heckler
Derek Newark ... Shooting Gallery Proprietor

John Owens ... Seamus Moore
Ron Pember ... Corporal at Station
Dorothy Reynolds ... Heckler
Norman Shelley ... Staff Officer in Ballroom
Marianne Stone ... Mill Girl
John Trigger ... Officer at Station
Kathleen Wileman ... Emma Smith at Age 4

Dirk Bogarde ... Stephen
Phyllis Calvert ... Lady Haig

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... French Colonel
John Clements ... Gen. von Moltke

John Gielgud ... Count Leopold Von Berchtold

Jack Hawkins ... Emperor Franz Josef

Kenneth More ... Kaiser Wilhelm II

Laurence Olivier ... Field Marshal Sir John French

Michael Redgrave ... Gen. Sir Henry Wilson

Vanessa Redgrave ... Sylvia Pankhurst

Ralph Richardson ... Sir Edward Grey

Maggie Smith ... Music Hall Star

Susannah York ... Eleanor

John Mills ... Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Abbott ... Czarina (uncredited)
Charlotte Attenborough ... Emma Smith Age 8 (uncredited)
Annie Bee ... Girl Friend in 'Goodbyee') (uncredited)
Norman Bird ... Training Sergeant (uncredited)
Joanne Brown ... Singer (uncredited)
Christopher Cabot ... Soldier in Shell Hole (uncredited)
Jeremy Child ... Wealthy Young Man (uncredited)
Frank Coda ... Soldier in 'Goodbyee' (uncredited)
Ambrose Coghill ... His Father (uncredited)
Stella Courtney ... Poincaré's Lady (uncredited)
Sheila Cox ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Elizabeth Craven ... Kaiserin (uncredited)
Richard Davies ... Sergeant in Burial Party (uncredited)
John Dunhill ... Irish Soldier (uncredited)
Ray Edwards ... 3rd Staff Officer in Ballroom (uncredited)
Charles Farrell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Hermione Farthingale ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Frank Forsyth ... Woodrow Wilson (uncredited)
Joyce Franklin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
John Gabriel ... Nikolai Lenin (uncredited)
Zeph Gladstone ... Sir John's Chauffeuse (uncredited)
Ruth Gower ... Von Moltke's Lady (uncredited)
Kim Grant ... Soldier in 'Goodbyee' (uncredited)
Carole Gray ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Paul Hansard ... German Officer (uncredited)
Kathleen Helme ... Berchtold's Lady (uncredited)
Richard Howard ... Young Soldier at Mons (uncredited)
John Hussey ... Soldier on Balcony (uncredited)
Dinny Jones ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lind Joyce ... Scoreboard Girl (uncredited)
Dolores Judson ... Haig's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Ruth Kettlewell ... Duchess Sophie (uncredited)
Stanley Lebor ... Soldier in Gassed Trench (uncredited)
Delia Linden ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Richard Loring ... Soldier in 'Goodbyee' (uncredited)
Tom Marshall ... Soldier in 'Goodbyee' (uncredited)
Stanley McGeagh ... Soldier in Gassed Trench (uncredited)
Isabelle Metcalfe ... Girl Friend in 'Goodbyee' (uncredited)
Jenny Morgan ... Girl Friend in 'Goodbyee' (uncredited)
Anthony Morton ... Italian Military Attaché (uncredited)
Christine Noonan ... Mill Girl (uncredited)
Wensley Pithey ... Archduke Franz Ferdinand (uncredited)
Steve Plytas ... Turkish Military Attaché (uncredited)
Andrew Robertson ... 2nd Scottish Soldier (uncredited)
Sue Robinson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
David Scheuer ... French Soldier (uncredited)

Jane Seymour ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Valerie Smith ... Girl Friend in 'Goodbyee' (uncredited)
Pippa Steel ... Scoreboard Girl (uncredited)
P.G. Stephens ... Irish Soldier (uncredited)
Tony Thawnton ... Officer on Telephone (uncredited)
Christian Thorogood ... Irish Soldier (uncredited)
Brian Tipping ... 4th Scottish Soldier (uncredited)
Bette Vivian ... Heckler (uncredited)
Tony Vogel ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Arthur White ... Sergeant in Dugout (uncredited)
Michael Wolf ... German Officer (uncredited)
John Woodnutt ... British Officer (uncredited)
Julia Wright ... Haig's Secretary (uncredited)
Mary Yeomans ... Scoreboard Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Attenborough 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Chilton  play
Len Deighton  screenplay
Joan Littlewood  musical play

Produced by
Richard Attenborough .... producer
Brian Duffy .... producer
Len Deighton .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alfred Ralston 
 
Cinematography by
Gerry Turpin 
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Connor 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
 
Production Design by
Donald M. Ashton 
 
Art Direction by
Harry White 
 
Set Decoration by
Peter James 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John Comfort .... production manager
Paul Hitchcock .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe .... second second assistant director
Claude Watson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tim Hutchinson .... draughtsman
 
Sound Department
Don Challis .... sound
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ron Ballanger .... special effects
Brian Gamby .... special effects
Fred Heather .... special effects
Garth Inns .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator (as Ron Taylor)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Hollywood .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfred Ralston .... conductor
Alfred Ralston .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Douglas Campbell .... military advisor (as Maj. Gen. Douglas Campbell)
Eleanor Fazan .... choreographer
Pam Rose .... stand-in/double
Ann Skinner .... continuity
Ron Bareham .... assistant accounting (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

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Runtime:
144 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:G

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The song "La Chanson de Craonne" ("Adieu la Vie"), sung by Pia Sablon in the film, commemorates a mutiny in 1917 by French troops. Merely singing it was considered an act of mutiny, and it was banned in France until 1974. During the war, a reward of one million francs and immediate honourable release from the Army was offered for the identity of the author, but never claimed.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Towards the end of the film, a group of Scottish soldiers wait in a trench for an attack to begin. The weather is unsettled and the film crew's reflections are visible in the soldiers' wet helmets.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in War Zone: The End of an Era (2009) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Row, Row, RowSee more »

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52 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece, 12 April 2005
Author: AmyLouise from Australia

It is a mystery to me why this film isn't on everybody's top ten films listing. It is truly a masterpiece of acting and direction, and without doubt the best anti-war film I have ever seen. Yet it was never released on video, and it took over 20 years of waiting to see it repeated on television and tape it for my collection.

It is all the more telling for its simplicity - none of the many great actors taking part delivers a weighty pronouncement on the evils - or otherwise - of war; it is enough to see the awful toll posted on the cricket scoreboard that keeps the daily tally of dead. The ordinariness of the Smith family, who lose every last one of their young men to the conflict, the cheerful patriotism of the proud families waving their loved ones off to war, and the stupid banalities of the officers who daily send their men out to be killed only serve to highlight the absolute futility and waste of WWI and all the wars that followed.

Scenes of upper class twits at play while their servants are dying to preserve their privileges; the officers' ball where military leaders try to score points off each other, concerned only with protocol and promotion; and the brilliant black humor of the outdoor church service are juxtaposed with scenes from the trenches as we watch the young men die one by one, all the more harrowing for their cheeky humor and fatalism.

Why this brilliant film has been allowed to sink without trace is baffling; I first saw it in the early seventies, and today it still has the same impact. And sadly, it is just as relevant now as it was then - a testimony to our inability to learn from our mistakes.

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