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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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Also Known As:

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Trivia

The film reuses some of the parent TV series plots, most notably revisiting Dad's Army: The Man and the Hour (1968) and Dad's Army: The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones (1969). 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: I thought you said I could have the night off, I've got a date.
L. Cpl. Jack Jones: You've got to do your duty, she can wait.
Pvt. Joe Walker: I know that she can wait but I can't.
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Remake of Dad's Army (1968) See more »

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We'll Meet Again
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Sung by Vera Lynn
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
Music by Ross Parker
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Warm portrait of an England that never was.
30 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

The second in director Cohen's trilogy of Second World War comedies (the others being ‘Till Death Do Us Part' and `Adolf Hitler - My Part In His Downfall') is a film version of the BBC's long running (and much loved) situation comedy. Like most transfers of television shows, this movie suffers from an absence of plot and is more a collection of sketches. Some of which work better than others for example the scene where a high ranking army officer floats down a river is a memorable, surreal moment.

The joy of this movie is it's representation of a past that probably never existed and an England which is defined by picturesque countryside and the chance it offers to see veteran scene-stealers such as John Le Mesurier given their biggest film roles. Arthur Lowe is superb as Captain Mainwaring, a bungler, who, when the chips are down, displays great courage and saves the day (the climax is probably the character's greatest moment).

Episodes of the television series are of course funnier but as an introduction to a British legend, you cannot find anything better.


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