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What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 11 November 1966 (UK)
In World War II, a strategic Italian village agrees to surrender to the Allies only if it's allowed to organize a celebratory festival while giving aerial reconnaissance the false impression of fierce ground fighting.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

William Peter Blatty (screenplay), Blake Edwards (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Lt. Christian
Dick Shawn ... Capt. Lionel Cash
Sergio Fantoni ... Capt. Oppo
Giovanna Ralli ... Gina Romano
Aldo Ray ... Sgt. Rizzo
Harry Morgan ... Maj. Pott
Carroll O'Connor ... Gen. Bolt
Leon Askin ... Col. Kastorp
Rico Cattani Rico Cattani ... Benedetto (as Henry Rico Cattani)
Jay Novello ... Mayor Romano
Vito Scotti ... Frederico
Johnny Seven ... Vittorio
Art Lewis Art Lewis ... Needleman
William Bryant ... Minow (as Bill Bryant)
Kurt Kreuger ... German Captain
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Storyline

A by-the-book captain is ordered to capture a strategic village in Italy. The Italian soldiers are willing to surrender, if they can have a festival first. The lieutenant convinces the captain this is the only way. Because of aerial reconnaissance, they must look like they are fighting. To sort this out an intelligence officer is sent in. Meanwhile the festival gets complicated with the mayor's daughter. Written by Bernard chandler <bernie@nationwide.net>

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Out of world war II comes the savage untold story of The Longest Night ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

11 November 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Qué hiciste tú en la guerra, papá? See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mirisch Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jay Novello, who plays Mayor Romano, was born Michael Romano in Chicago in 1904. See more »

Goofs

At minute 70, in the scene of American armored vehicles in a grove, one of the vehicles is an M113 armored personnel carrier. M113's did not go into service in the US Army until 1960. See more »

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Sergeant Rizzo: Leave me alone! I'm only a kid!
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Referenced in Hudson Hawk (1991) See more »

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In the Arms of Love
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Fun Blake Edwards war flick
14 March 2002 | by broosrSee all my reviews

The Sixties produced a slew of funny war comedies demonstrating that WWII was basically good fun for all concerned, rather than being peopled with the kind of angst-filled, hand-wringing adolescents you see nowadays in movies like Memphis Belle and Saving Private Ryan. Edwards would go on to fantastic success with the Pink Panther series and writer Blatty is notable for his later work, The Exorcist. Edwards draws on a solid cast, including veterans Carroll O'Connor, Harry Morgan and Aldo Ray, without whom no war movie is complete. Italian star Fantoni turns in a meatball performance as Oppo but Dick Shawn steals the show with the best role of his career. Although a little slow in spots, Blake Edwards nonetheless gets where he's going and the result is a fine, though underrated, entry in the genre. The interactions between Shawn and Fantoni are worth the price of admission alone.


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