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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 ... 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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The screen dares reveal the best kept secrets of world war II ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film requires Dick Shawn, at one point, to disguise himself as a woman. This is therefore an early example of director Blake Edwards's great interest in gender-confusion issues, also demonstrated in such later Edwards films as "Gunn", "Revenge of the Pink Panther", "Victor/Victoria" and "Switch". See more »

Goofs

When Major Pott looks out of the man hole cover just before the tank passes over him, his shirt is light tan. Next shot when he is in the catacombs again, his shirt is brown. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Rizzo: Leave me alone! I'm only a kid!
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Connections

Referenced in Hudson Hawk (1991) See more »

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In the Arms of Love
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Another vote for a DVD version
29 July 2007 | by verne-6See all my reviews

"What did you do in the war daddy?" is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. It rates up there with "It's a Mad Mad Mad World", and "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming", etc. Definitely a laugh out loud movie. I saw it first in Seattle in the 60's with a friend, and it was playing with "..The Russians are coming." Both movies were so hilarious that we stayed and watched them both twice. I was shocked here to read the negative reviews. Perhaps what caused their dislike is why the movie was not as popular as it should have been. I do remember when the Germans arrived, the whole tone of the movie changed. It was a gay hilarious party, and suddenly the war returns. You don't want the fun to end, so you're kind of angry that the writers did this to you. But, if you can tell yourself this IS a 'comedy about war' and accept the change, you will see that the hilarity continues. You will enjoy the end just as much as the beginning. I bought the VHS version years ago when it came out and have to agree to the timelessness of it, it was still hilarious. It needs to come out on DVD!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

11 November 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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