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Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)

GP  -  Comedy | Drama  -  5 March 1971 (Mexico)
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Tensions grow between the small army base and people from the nearby town. Despite well intentions of people from both sides it all escalates after the big dance in town.

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Officer Michael M. Nace
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Shannon Gambroni
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Sheriff Harve
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Sgt. Jones
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Ramona
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Billy Joe Davis
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Capt. Myerson
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Mr. Kruft
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Maj. Purvis
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Col. Flanders
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Mrs. Calhoun
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Green Beret Soldier
Jeanne Bates ...
Mrs. Flanders
William Bramley ...
Deputy Henry
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Tensions grow between the small army base and people from the nearby town. Despite well intentions of people from both sides it all escalates after the big dance in town.

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Fourth film from distributor Cinerama in just two years to be titled with a question mark, alongside How Do I Love Thee? (1970), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969); Where Does It Hurt? (1972) would soon follow. See more »

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Shannon Gambroni: Machines are like broads, built to be had.
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We Shall Undercome
1 May 2006 | by (Maplewood, NJ) – See all my reviews

As a 20 year Military veteran, I was attracted to the intriguing question that is the title of this movie. Deciding whether or not to watch it becomes a no-brainer when you see the list of names that make up the ensemble of the cast: Ernie Borgnine, Ivan Dixon, Don Ameche, Art O'Connell and the great John Fiedler are all solid actors and have appeared in some of the best films in the history of American cinema. (check out their collective credits if you doubt it.)

This film is an underrated one in the canon of films dealing with the U. S. Military. The script, although not perfect, is well written, with subtle and witty commentary on the military hierarchy, prevailing social attitudes, and the precarious relationship between our Vietnam-era military and the civilian community (i.e. "community relations"). No heavy military rigidness here; the flow is free and easy as in 'Catch-22' to provide a frame of reference. Or, as Stephen Sondheim wrote around the same period in "Anyone Can Whistle," the 'laugh at the Kings, or they'll make you cry' approach.

As would be expected, Brian Keith is solid, but surprisingly even Tony Curtis manages to turn in a relatively piped-down performance from his usual fare which, to quote America's best known homemaker Martha Stewart, 'is a good thing.'


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