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Dad's Army (2016)

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The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.

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Major Cunningham
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Lundt (as Russell Balough)
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Captain Meeks
Heinz ...
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Daphne
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The Bull
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Canaris
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The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.

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The British Empire strikes back. See more »

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Comedy | War

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5 February 2016 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Jimmy Perry based the character of Private Frank Pike on his own background and his experiences during the war. He originally wrote the part of Private Walker, the spiv, for himself to play in the original Dad's Army (1968) television series, but David Croft vetoed this on the grounds that other cast members would think Perry had taken the best part for himself. See more »

Goofs

In the 'camouflage' scene, the troops are standing in a field containing a cereal crop sown with a modern seed drill, complete with 'tramlines', not achievable until the early 1980s. See more »

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Jones: Permission to panic, sir!
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Moonlight Serenade
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (as Glenn Miller & His Orchestra)
Written by Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parish
Published by EMI Music Publishing / EMI Robbins Catalogue Inc.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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Comes armed with everything except the comedy.....
3 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

I grew up with the 1968 series Dads Army. It sat cheerily alongside other quality Brit comedies in a similar vein, such as It Ain't Half Hot Mum and complimented top US military comedy shows, such as Hogans Hero's.

That said, much as I desperately wanted to love the new film based on this wonderful series it simply lacks the clever comedic wit and wry humour of its predecessor. Indeed, it would be fair to say it comes armed with everything except humour. This film offers up great sets, a good choice of location, excellent costumes, a predictable but not unlikable story and a stellar cast.

Sadly, that's about it. The comedy is thin on the ground and a good portion of any humour there is amounts to very innocuous, mildly sexual jokes, mostly directed at Catherine Zeta Jones, spy character. "Did you slip her a sausage?" one woman asks Jones the butcher.

Simply put, this is such a terrible waste. A more polished script, infused with comedy of the period and maybe a few new twists, could have seen this film shine, paying homage to a wonderful series I can still happily watch 47 years later. Instead, what you get, is weak tea without the sugar. I'm sure Arthur Lowe's, Captain Mainwaring, would not have been impressed. Four out of ten from me.


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