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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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At last! Their epic story invades the Big Screen!

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Daar komen de schutters  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During World War 2 counterfeiting was extensive in Britain. The Germans planned to flood the British economy with counterfeit money to wreck the British economy. Most of counterfeit money were made by prisoners of war (POW), who were artists. 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

[the platoon are marching back from the camp when an air raid siren is heard, quickly followed by the sound of gunfire and aircraft engines]
Pvt. Joe Walker: Blimey, that was quick! I can hear a plane already!
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Referenced in Dad's Army: Legacy (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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slightly disappointing
15 September 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the TV show was just too good, or having the Germans land in Walmington was just too improbable. Whatever, this film version of the much-loved BBC classic doesn't quite work. Everyone in it is fine but it is less slapstick and silly than it was on the small screen, and suffers a bit in comparison. I do like the bit where the stuck up officer sails down river on a bit of broken bridge still sitting on his horse though, and the oil slick machine is pretty funny!


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