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

GP | | Comedy, Drama | 5 March 1971 (Mexico)
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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Lester Calhoun (as Bob Emhardt)
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Zelda
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Alturi
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Sgt. Graham
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Rev. Dinwood
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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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Officer Michael M. Nace: That's what you wanted me to see?
Shannon Gambroni: Right
Officer Michael M. Nace: Well that's a whole lot of fun Shannon, yeah. Forty seven years old and I get to stand here and look at that pile of scrap.
Shannon Gambroni: Scrap? That's a tank!
Officer Michael M. Nace: Scrap. You got any more funny games you want to play? How about about juggling some hand grenades blindfolded huh? Want to run around in a field of Cosmoline? Want me to shine up the flag pole for you? "What did you do in the war Daddy?" Well, sonny I stood around with my two idiot friends staring at some ...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: City on Fire (1989) See more »

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Mama Two March
Music by Jerry Fielding
Lyrics by Jerry Fielding and David McKechnie
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Cheap, Exploitive and Shallow. Fake Antiwar Message Title & All
27 February 2011 | by (Albany, NY) – See all my reviews

It's hard to sink low in Hollywood, but one way is to lead people on that you are making some sort of "profound" anti-war, anti-racism message movie, only to produce a really shallow, laughable at, not with, military comedy. Since they used a then popular antiwar slogan as the title and had a "long haired" soldier walk down the road with a peace sign painted on his duffel bag, it is really insulting that this movie, made during the height of the Vietnam War and protests, DIDN'T EVEN mention the war. OK, they DID, sort of, when Brian Keith told a story about one his men who got shot their in 1956??(Did he transfer from the French Army?) It acted like this was just a peacetime military base with a minor social, public relations problem with their local redneck civilian community. It was set in the South, but the architecture and landscape suggested, guess, Southern California.

It also tried to play up the racial angle, which it did a tad more successfully than the anti-war angle, only to submerge it into the townies versus the garrison plot element. It had a pretty good cast, except for some sloppy brat pack boozy acting by Tony Curtis. Even some of the dialog was good. But when you add the childish mash up scene at the end along with the cheap pseudo messaging in the movie's theme, it is a real dud. It is like an (almost) adult version of McHale's Navy, except McHale is playing one of Captain Binghampton's enforcers; the stock redneck Southern sheriff.


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