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Dad's Army (1971)

G | | Comedy, War | September 1971 (USA)
The misadventures of a ragtag group of elderly Home Guard local defense volunteers at the onset of WW2.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Mainwaring
... Sgt. Wilson
... LCpl. Jones
... Pte. Frazer
... Pte. Walker
... Pte. Godfrey
... Pte. Pike
... Mrs. Pike
... Maj. Gen. Fullard
Derek Newark ... R.S.M.
... Hodges
... Reverend Timothy Farthing
Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
Anthony Sagar ... Police Sergeant
Pat Coombs ... Mrs. Hall
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When World War Two breaks out, the small seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea finds itself less than ably defended by the elderly and inept members of Captain Mainwaring's home guard unit. Put on manoeuvres by a visiting Major-General, Mainwaring's men manage to bungle one task after another. However, when a group of Germans from a scout plane take the Mayor hostage at the church hall, the clueless soldiers might still have a chance of saving the day! Written by Anonymous

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At last! Their epic story invades the Big Screen!

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The Germans always speak English to each other (so that the viewers can understand) and to the English in the church scene, with one exception. When the German pilot is thrusting the vicar back into the crowd, he shouts "Zurück mit dir" meaning "Get back." See more »

Goofs

Given Walmington-on-Sea is a fairly small town, Mainwaring knows remarkably few of his fellow long-term residents and has to be introduced to them at the start of the film (in reality to present them to the audience). Notable in this is Frazer being introduced to him as the local undertaker - despite Mainwaring having already seen him in full funerary regalia earlier in the day. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Joe Walker: You know what they say, where there's crowds, there's business.
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Connections

References Dracula (1931) See more »

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We'll Meet Again
(uncredited)
Sung by Vera Lynn
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
Music by Ross Parker
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Probably the best film of a TV show ever
1 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

TV shows from the 1970's which were turned into films were usually terrible. Dad's Army is the big exception. The formula from the TV show worked just as well on the big screen and with the bigger budget it's lovely to see people walking around Walmington-on-Sea. The plot is similar to parts of some of the TV episodes, but that doesn't matter because they're still as funny. Other parts like when Mainwaring, Wilson and Frazer are stranded on the raft are classic. The only thing I can criticise it for is the sometimes obvious lack of input from the TV shows creators and writers, Jimmy Perry and David Croft. But beautiful performances from Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn etc.


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