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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 (voice)
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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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26 July 2011 (USA)  »

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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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Jerusalem
Words by William Blake and lyrics by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Performed by Rosamund Pike, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Merchant, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Pam Ferris and Cast
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Audacious, wickedly funny puppet show
30 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is NOT for people whose idea of humor is "South Park." It's more for people who enjoy "Little Britain" or "League of Gentlemen." I laughed all the way through, not only because of the jokes (some of which appear to be far too subtle for most of the reviewers here), but because of the audacious premise of using what appear to be Barbies and GI Joes to "act" in a WW2 film. If you don't know the Ealing comedies, or British war films, or history for that matter, you will probably scratch your head at this film. But if you enjoy the quirky, or you were ever a little boy who made war SFX while playing with toy soldiers, you just might enjoy it. The voice cast features some of the finest British actors.

This is NOT a movie for kids, as there is a fair amount of "language" (mostly from an insane vicar played by Richard E. Grant), some brief sexual humor, and some graphic, bloody violence (which nevertheless is very funny since it involves the dismemberment of plastic action figures). Enjoy this weird spoof of war movie clichés, and don't complain about the quality of the puppets. If you do, you're completely missing the point.


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