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Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1973)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 27 April 1973 (Ireland)
London, 1940. Aspiring jazz musician and future comedy legend Terence "Spike" Milligan reluctantly obeys his call-up and joins the Royal Artillery regiment at Bexhill, where he begins ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Cohen

Writers:

Spike Milligan (based on the novel by), Johnny Byrne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Dale ... Spike Milligan
Arthur Lowe ... Maj. Drysdale
Bill Maynard ... Sgt. Ellis
Tony Selby Tony Selby ... Bill
Geoffrey Hughes ... Larry
Jim Norton ... Pongo
John Forgeham ... Wally
Robert Longden Robert Longden ... Heavenly
Tony Hughes Tony Hughes ... Edwards
Paul Antrim Paul Antrim ... Anderson
Lionel Guyett Lionel Guyett ... Sutton
David Fennell David Fennell ... Neville
David Belcher David Belcher ... Smith
Windsor Davies ... Sgt. MacKay
Stephen Yardley ... Lt. Martin
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Storyline

London, 1940. Aspiring jazz musician and future comedy legend Terence "Spike" Milligan reluctantly obeys his call-up and joins the Royal Artillery regiment at Bexhill, where he begins training to take part in the War. But along the way Spike and his friends get involved in many amusing - and some not-so amusing - scrapes. Based on the first volume of Milligan's war memoirs. Written by Anonymous

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After Young Winston - Young Milligan!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1973 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Két Balláb az ezredben - avagy hogyan járultam hozzá Hitler bukásához See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Spike Milligan was 21 when called up to serve in WW2; however, Jim Dale (I) was 38 when he portrayed Milligan in this film. See more »

Goofs

In the "flat feet" scene, Milligan takes off his left sock twice. See more »

Quotes

Spike Milligan: [Having spent all night on sentry duty, Spike hears footsteps] Halt! Who goes there?
Unseen soldier: [In a broad Yorkshire accent] Adolf Bloody 'itler!
Spike Milligan: Pass... friend.
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Connections

References Dad's Army (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Gonna Be a Good War
Words and Music by Ed Welch
Sung by Jim Dale
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Desperately boring and unfunny
7 November 2011 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

As an American college student back in the 70s, I read this Spike Milligan book and a couple of the sequels in his never-ending saga of WW2. I remember thinking they were funny, but didn't know until recently that one of them had been filmed.

I recognized some names in the cast, including Spike himself, and Jim Dale, who has reached a whole new audience as narrator for the Harry Potter audio books. So I thought I'd give it a try. I could never watch more than about 10 minutes at a time before my eyes started glazing over. I finally gave up before the half-way mark, and just fast-forwarded to the end to see if anything interesting popped up (it didn't). Maybe if you were part of the UK's "greatest generation" you might like all the slow-as-molasses Army humor, but the rest of mankind will let this dud sink into the dust of history. There are SO many great war comedies; this is not one of them.


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