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Two Men Went to War (2002)

PG  |   |  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
Paul Bayfield ...
Mike (soldier #1)
Jason Round ...
Soldier #3
Tim 'Nobby' Clarke ...
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Nick Miles ...
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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A true story . . . that no one believed See more »

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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)

Gross:

$150,208 (USA) (27 May 2005)
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Nigel Hawthorne and Rufus Sewell were attached to this project at one stage See more »

Goofs

The pub at which the two soldiers stayed prior to stealing a boat for their journey to France, had all its' lights blazing at night even though the whole country was under blackout regulations throughout the war. See more »

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Sgt. Peter King: You've got a head like a toy box Cuthbertson.
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"Put that bloody light out! Doncha know there's a war on!?"
5 September 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Two Men Went To War is a based-on-fact WW2 story about a couple of disgruntled British Army dentists who decide to 'invade' France and cause havoc among the enemy. Purloining a load of hand-grenades, the pair go AWOL and travel down to Cornwall, where they steal a boat. Setting off for France in the dead of night, the sequence of shots features the hotel where they had stayed and the harbour they were departing - all picked out with 'practical' lights blazing through the hotel's windows and other bright lights strung all around the harbour walls! This, in wartime blackout Britain, on a coastline facing enemy-occupied France, in waters regularly patrolled by German e-boats! Another commenter in this section states that the lighting was authentic in that the Cornish locals at the time figured that as they had never been attacked before, there was no reason to assume that they ever would be attacked then or in the future. However, even is this is true, the script should have made reference to this hard to believe 'fact' in dialogue, simply because the situation was so unusual and would have breached the strictly enforced wartime regulations concerning the blackout. Usually in movies, such 'blackout lighting', considering a story's authenticity, would be restricted to moonlight effect only. Another oversight in the film is the lack of anti-shatter window tapes which criss-crossed every pane of glass in Britain during the war. It's hard to believe that this glaring error went unnoticed by cast and crew. I suspect someone in authority said, 'Oh, they'll never realise," and simply let it go.


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