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Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)

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A satirical alternative history of World War II where the Nazis seize London and England must band together to prevent a full on invasion.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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BBC Newsreader / Gaston (voice)
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Red Leader (voice)
Rory McHenry ...
Johnny (voice)
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Chris (voice)
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Tom (voice)
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The Vicar (voice)
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Albert / Goebbels (voice)
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Caroline Duff ...
F.A.N.Y. Girl 1 (voice)
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F.A.N.Y. Girl 2 / Dairy Maid / Heidi / Helga (voice)
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Daisy (voice)
Martyn Ellis ...
Zeppelin Captain / A.R.P. Wardens / Cumberland Farmer / Scottish Savages (voice)
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Igor / Joseph Kaplinsky / Farmer 1 / Skinny Guard / Scottish Savages
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Matron Rutty (voice)
Brian Conley ...
Zeppelin Crewman / Farmer 2 / Stupid Farmer / Erummel / Squire / Hereford Farmer (voice)
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World War II: What if Nazis seized London and all of England had to band together? When scarily campy Nazi leaders invade by drilling under the English Channel and up through the cobblestones on Whitehall, Churchill leaves his quiet retirement with a cat that looks like Hitler to issue a call to arms from his bunker under Downing Street. Chris, a young farm worker with large hands, rallies the village to fight the good fight -- including an alcoholic Vicar, the oldest man in the town, several idiots, a random Frenchman and Bobby Fiske, a swearing American who believes he's battling Russia. The world's future is in their tiny plastic hands. Innovative puppeteering animatronics from Scottish brothers Edward and Rory McHenry combine with the larger than life voices of Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall and Richard E. Grant. Written by Anonymous

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The smallest epic film you'll ever see!


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Nazi Invasion  »

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Trivia

As the camera cranes in on the village fête, you can see a direction sign with two arrows labeled "Upper Trollope" and "Lower Trollope". (A tribute to Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope. See more »

Goofs

During the first battle between the elite Punjabi Guards and the Germans, a Punjabi soldier is seen using the PIAT (Projector Infantry Anti-Tank) Rocket Launcher. But the PIAT was introduced in 1943 while the movie is set during the 1940 See more »

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Chris: Have you forgotten what being English means? It means being free. I might just be a simple farm boy, but at least I'm a free simple farm boy. What does freedom mean to you? Freedom to grow your own crops and graze livestock. Think what they'll do to your farms. Your cows, Farmer Grey. Your pigs, Mr and Mrs Sparrow. Think what will happen to your FANY, Matron Rutty. Join me... so that in future years you can proudly say, "I fought for England!" Now who is with me?
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Referenced in The King's Speech (2010) See more »

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Jerusalem
Words by William Blake and lyrics by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Performed by Rosamund Pike, Timothy Spall, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Pam Ferris and Cast
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Backs to the wall, but freedom will prevail
20 June 2010 | by (Edinburgh, UK) – See all my reviews

The credits at the end said 'Many puppets were harmed during the making of this film' which is certainly true. It's hard to describe this film, a bit like a mix of Team America (but these aren't marionettes), and a whole bunch of war films, I loved spotting the references from everything from Zulu to Apocalypse Now. There's a love story, the Hollywood style inclusion of an American, Billy Fiske, taking a main part (Tom Cruise wanted to do this in a proposed film 'The Few' about the real Billy Fiske). I loved it and gave it 8 stars, but will it be you're cup of tea? I don't know but hopefully there'll be plenty more reviews to guide you and explain this film better than me before it's released.


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