5.8/10
2,000
30 user 20 critic

How I Won the War (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 23 October 1967 (USA)
Clip
0:47 | Clip
An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Magical Mystery Tour (TV Movie 1967)
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Beatles charter a special bus for a surreal mystery tour.

Directors: George Harrison, John Lennon, and 3 more credits »
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Help! (1965)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Let It Be (1970)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The filmed account of the Beatles's attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Do not include any spoiler

Director: Peter Whitehead
Stars: Nathalie Delon, Edouard Niermans, David Hockney
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Cool and sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naive and awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford
The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  

An autobiographical documentary of the greatest of the rock bands.

Stars: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

As part of Paul McCartney's World Tour, this video provides examples of the band on stage, and the antics associated with just such a major undertaking.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Hamish Stuart
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A biography of the rock music star.

Director: Andrew Solt
Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook
Petulia (1968)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Julie Christie, George C. Scott, Richard Chamberlain
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Paul McCartney's recording of his new album is complicated by the fact that the master tapes of his recordings are missing.

Director: Peter Webb
Stars: Paul McCartney, John Burgess, Bryan Brown
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Goodbody
... Gripweed
... Clapper
Lee Montague ... Transom
... Juniper
... Grapple
... Melancholy Musketeer
... Odlebog
... Spool
... Drogue
... Dooley
... American General
... British General
... Mrs. Clapper's Friend
... Happy-Trousered Man
Edit

Storyline

This film features former Beatle John Lennon and Roy Kinnear as ill-fated enlisted men under the inept command of Lieutenant Ernest Goodbody. The story unwinds mostly in flashbacks of Lieutenant Goodbody who has lower-class beginnings and education which make him a poor officer who commands one of the worst units of the army. Written by Jenny Evans <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If You Think Richard Lester's 'How I Won The War' Is Just Another War Film, Forget It... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 October 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cómo gané la guerra  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The glasses worn by John Lennon were known as "metal British National Health Service (NHS) style frames". The standard issued eyeglasses were covered by the "free" British health care system. John Lennon was "blind as a bat" claimed fellow Beatle Paul McCartney. While making the movie, he felt a sense of liberation being able to see while not worrying about how he looked in them. The glasses, which at the time were the farthest thing from being fashionable were a keeper. They have now become known as John Lennon glasses and are available in most optical store in the western hemisphere. See more »

Quotes

Gripweed: And I'm not a thief, really. I've never found anything worth keeping.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Beatles Anthology (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Colonel Bogey March
(uncredited)
Written by Kenneth Alford, pseudonym of F. J. Ricketts
Whistled during the attack on the oasis and heard as a theme in the desert scenes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A different kind of war film
1 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

The first time I watched this film, it was because I was a big Beatles fan and wanted to see John Lennon's performance. I was in my teens and didn't understand much of what went on, but at least I made a valiant effort.

The second time I watched this film -- about a decade later -- it was because I was now a big Richard Lester fan and wanted to see if I understood a little more of what was going on; I did. A decade spent honing my sense of irony and a crash course in classic British comedy helped out there.

This film is right up there with "Dr. Strangelove" as far as black comedies about the insanity of war go. And any film where John Lennon gets to say, "Can I rub your ball, sir? It gives me great pleasure." is okay in my book.


21 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed