Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 41st Venice International Film Festival, this absurdist comedy, with its sprawling cast of crooks, thieves, anarchists, prostitutes, chief inspectors, ... See full summary »
Alix de Montaigu,
Cass Brown is about to marry for the second time; his first marriage, to Isabel, was annulled. But when he discovers that Isabel just had their baby, Cass kidnaps the infant to keep her ... See full summary »
Microphone in hand, Pier Paolo Pasolini asks Italians to talk about sex: he asks children where babies come from, young and old women if they are men's equals, men and women if a woman's ... See full summary »
Pier Paolo Pasolini
In expressive, melodic tones, the fraternal pair debate God's true message and intent for His creations, a conflict that leads their followers - in extravagantly choreographed song and dance - towards chaos and sin.
A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends and lovers as they come to make decisions on how to live their lives--getting a job more in ... See full summary »
The U.S. release title, "Hell, Heaven, or Hoboken", is an American slogan of World War I, attributed to General John J. Pershing. The city in New Jersey was the main point of departure and return for U.S. Expeditionary Forces, and the point of the phrase was that by Christmas 1917 the soldiers would either be dead or have returned in triumph. It is of course hardly relevant to a movie about a senior British Army officer of World War II. U.S. distributors were perhaps aware that Bernard L. Montgomery's personal popularity was not high Stateside. A 1984 New York Times article about him was called "The Ally We Loved To Hate". See more »
When ME Clifton James is taken by Harvey to meet Field Marshal Montgomery to gain his approval - and to overcome James' nerves - James is wearing the service dress uniform of a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Pay Corps (which is correct). However, his cap badge bears the post-1953 Queen's Crown rather than the 1910-52 King's Crown which would be correct for the time of the action in the film, 1944. See more »
[a civilian has just bumped into Clifton-James outside a cinema]
Who do you think you are?
Yes, who do you think you are? Monty?
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Opening credits prologue: THE SOUTH COAST, ENGLAND. SPRING 1944 See more »
Aside from some sloppy use of stock footage, a smashing good film!
This is a wonderful war film--mostly because it is NOT about fighting and shooting--we certainly have had a lot of that sort of film. I like films that show a different side--the seldom-known acts of heroism such as the film "Dam Busters" or "The Man Who Never Was". In "Hell, Heaven or Hoboken" (a badly renaming of "I Was Monty's Double"), you have the true story about a regular enlisted man and actor who was chosen to imitate General Montgomery--the leader of the British forces during WWII. The plan was to have the double go on a tour of North Africa around the same time as the Normandy invasion in Northern France--so that the Germans would assume the assault would come from the South as well as much later. This film is about the formation and execution of this ultra-top secret plan. It's filled with tension and is very, very watchable--much of it due to good writing, direction and excellent acting (it sure didn't hurt having John Mills and Cecil Parker along with the real-life double, M.E. Clifton-James in this leading role).
I say watch this interesting film--it's a dandy. However, I did have one problem with the film--albeit a minor one and one more for history buffs like myself. The film used a lot of stock footage--most of it reasonably good. However, some of it was way too grainy and scratchy and made the film look cheap in spots--such as the footage of Bf-109s and Spitfires scrambling. Also, SOME of this real-life story is NOT real-life--such as the very exciting finale involving Nazi commandos! Still, a lovely little film and there's an awful lot to like!
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