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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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Sergeant Major Dudley
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Private Horrocks
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Chief armourer
Glen Davies ...
Corporal at bomb crater
Paul Bayfield ...
Dental trainee 1
Jason Round ...
Dental Trainee 2
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Colonel Hatchard
Tim 'Nobby' Clarke ...
Young sergeant
Nick Miles ...
Sergeant Mowat
Brian Bosley ...
Drill sergeant
Dickon Tolson ...
Bar Steward
Nick Hussey ...
Sentry
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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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2 Men Went to War  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,672, 28 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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

Goofs

During the attack on the German Listening Post the Sergeant climbs over a container to get onto the roof. This type of container wasn't invented until 20 years later in the 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Leslie Cuthbertson: Have you ever been married sergeant?
Sgt. Peter King: What do I want to do that for?
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Followed by Two More Men Went to War (2003) See more »

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Odd but true
22 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Richard at the Flicks makes a number of interesting points. However I would like to comment on two of them.

The harbour scenes were shot in Charlestown in Cornwall just a few miles from where the two dentists actually sailed. While making the film the elders of the village pointed out that although harbour lights should not be shone at night, their village kept them on during most of the war. There reasoning was that no one had ever bombed them and nobody would. That part of Cornwall was not bombed and was out of way of most German flight paths.

Also from a purely technical point of view if there had been no lighting in that scene the audience would not have been able to see anything.

When King & Cuthbertson actually landed in France there was no enemy along that particular stretch of the coast. This was well documented in newspapers at the time. For the Germans to patrol every bit of Northern France would have taken hundred's of thousands of men, men who could not be spared. The crossing at Cherbourg was long and few at the time thought this would be an area that soldiers would land. (On their return to their boat they did encounter a German officer, as can be seen on the deleted scenes on the DVD).

Also it was 1942. Up to that point the war had not been going well for the British and an invasion of France at that time was not considered feasible both by the Germans and by the British. The Germans were convinced that it was only a matter of time before Britain fell. The British they thought were no threat to the mighty German Army.


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