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Two Men Went to War (2002)

 -  Comedy | War | Drama  -  1 November 2002 (UK)
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Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go AWOL and invade occupied France on their own.

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Pvt. Leslie Cuthbertson
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Emma Fraser
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Faith
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Maj. Bates
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Col. Hatchard
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SM Dudley
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Maj. Merton
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Pvt. Horrocks
Anthony O'Donnell ...
Chief armourer
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Mike (soldier #1)
Jason Round ...
Soldier #3
Tim 'Nobby' Clarke ...
Young sergeant
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Sgt. Mowat
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Based on a true story, Sergeant Peter King of the Army Dental Corps, too old to fight, and Private Leslie Cuthbertson, a trainee dental mechanic in the Corps, are thrown together by their passionate desire to see active service. Armed with just two revolvers and a dozen grenades, King persuades Cuthbertson to join him on a mission to occupied France. In a letter to Winston Churchill, King explains their intention to invade France and fight the Germans. After a number of failed attempts, they finally arrive by boat and stumble across a German radar station. They succeed in blowing up what they believe to be the main Operations Room, but are soon forced to make their escape as the entire compound unexpectedly erupts with gunfire and explosions. After narrow escapes from the Germans and a stray mine in the Channel, the two men are picked up at sea and interrogated as spies. Identified as deserters, they are returned to their barracks to be court-martialed. At the eleventh hour King and ... Written by Ira Trattner

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Comedy | War | Drama

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Rated PG for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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1 November 2002 (UK)  »

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$10,672 (USA) (26 March 2004)

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$150,208 (USA) (27 May 2005)
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This movie's opening preamble states: "Most of what follows is true." See more »

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The British locomotive seen taking the two men to Plymouth (preserved West Country Class - Blackmore Vale) was not built until 1946. See more »

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Maj. Bates: An army that can't bite is an army that can't fight.
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Wasn't sure what to make of this one...
18 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have to say, I wasn't very interested in seeing this until the end as it just didn't entertain me at the beginning but I hung in with it and noticed that over the coarse of the film, the relationship between a young, naive private and a grumpy old sergeant, both dentists bored with their perspective lot in the army who decide it's time to contribute to the war effort, began to solidify.

If even half of their adventures are true then they were two truly amazing men who pulled off quite a feat. This is one of those films that is more human interest than anything but it holds your attention as it progresses by some of the situations they find themselves in and the wonderful way it's brought to conclusion.


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