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Dad's Army (1971)

G | | Comedy, War | September 1971 (USA)
The misadventures of a ragtag group of elderly Home Guard local defense volunteers at the onset of WW2.

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When World War Two breaks out, the small seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea finds itself less than ably defended by the elderly and inept members of Captain Mainwaring's home guard unit. Put on manoeuvres by a visiting Major-General, Mainwaring's men manage to bungle one task after another. However, when a group of Germans from a scout plane take the Mayor hostage at the church hall, the clueless soldiers might still have a chance of saving the day! Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

The coupons for sale actually meant everything had being rationed, due to the shortage of goods. Most goods had to be imported by ship and during World War 2 some cargo ships were attacked by German U-boat (submarine) . See more »

Goofs

In the roadblock scene the platoon arrive in Jones' van, even though the platoon has only just been formed the van has the flaps for the guns to poke through which happens later in the film. See more »

Quotes

Mavis Pike: Frank, where have you been, you know your tea's been in the oven for over an hour. You're to come home at once.
Pvt. Frank Pike: I can't come home now mum, we're learning how to be soldiers.
Mavis Pike: Well you'll just have to learn how to be soldiers some other time.
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Referenced in Dad's Army: Women of Walmington (2016) See more »

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
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(trad.)
sung by the cast
Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Composed by William H. Monk
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Warm portrait of an England that never was.
30 August 2004 | by (Stockton, England) – See all my reviews

The second in director Cohen's trilogy of Second World War comedies (the others being ‘Till Death Do Us Part' and `Adolf Hitler - My Part In His Downfall') is a film version of the BBC's long running (and much loved) situation comedy. Like most transfers of television shows, this movie suffers from an absence of plot and is more a collection of sketches. Some of which work better than others for example the scene where a high ranking army officer floats down a river is a memorable, surreal moment.

The joy of this movie is it's representation of a past that probably never existed and an England which is defined by picturesque countryside and the chance it offers to see veteran scene-stealers such as John Le Mesurier given their biggest film roles. Arthur Lowe is superb as Captain Mainwaring, a bungler, who, when the chips are down, displays great courage and saves the day (the climax is probably the character's greatest moment).

Episodes of the television series are of course funnier but as an introduction to a British legend, you cannot find anything better.


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