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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare.

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(based on Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop Production by, and the members of the original cast), (after a stage treatment by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Florence Victoria 'Flo' Smith
Colin Farrell ... Harry Arnold Smith
Malcolm McFee ... Frederick Percy 'Freddie' Smith
John Rae ... Grandpa Smith
... Bertram Biddle 'Bertie' Smith
... George Patrick Michael Smith
Paul Shelley ... Jack Henry Smith
Kim Smith ... Richard 'Dickie' Smith
... Elizabeth May 'Betty' Smith
... Mary Emma Smith
Vincent Ball ... Australian Soldier
Pia Colombo ... Estaminet Singer
Paul Daneman ... Czar Nicholas II
... Sir John French's Lady
... Fritz
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Storyline

A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of the Smith family who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-man's-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time. Written by Sonya Roberts <sonya_roberts@geocities.com>

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The Musical Shot In The Arm ! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | War

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Release Date:

3 October 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aftos o yperohos polemos  »

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(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The final scene involved the placing of over sixteen thousand crosses on the Sussex Downs. Each cross had to have a hole dug for it in order to hold it steady in the ground, and stop it from falling or being blown over. The helicopter aerial shot had to be filmed many times, due to problems with high winds and camera shake. See more »

Goofs

Sir Edward Grey (Ralph Richardson) is shown early in the film being accompanied by his wife, described in the credits as Lady Pamela Grey. In fact, Grey did not marry Pamela (nee Wyndham, and the widow of Lord Glenconer) until 1922. See more »

Quotes

[to a stretcher case with a bandaged head]
Nurse: Don't worry. We'll soon have you back at the front.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The principal statements made by the historical characters in this film are based on documentary evidence and the words of the songs are those sung by the troops during the First World War See more »

Connections

Referenced in Elstree 1976 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Go Home
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Alfred Ralston
Performed by chorus
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The film I most want to experience again
8 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie once, thirty years ago, and it still has the power to choke me inside.

This is the first film I look for on any movie site I go to. Every other movie I just browse for.

Along with the original "All Quiet on the Western Front", I find it one of the most powerful war movies ever. All the other movies have actors that you know didn't die - no matter how realistic the scenes.

This movie truly affected me at the time.

I would drive a long way to purchase, or see this movie. Why has this movie never been released when so many worse have been? Other movies might be considered entertainment, but not this one.


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