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Two Men Went to War (2002)

PG | | Comedy, War, Drama | 1 November 2002 (UK)
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Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go AWOL and invade occupied France on their own.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sergeant Peter King
... Pvt. Leslie Cuthbertson
... Sergeant Major Dudley
... Major Bates
... Private Horrocks
... Chief armourer
Glen Davies ... Corporal at bomb crater
Paul Bayfield ... Dental trainee 1
Jason Round ... Dental Trainee 2
... Colonel Hatchard
Tim 'Nobby' Clarke ... Young sergeant
Nick Miles ... Sergeant Mowat
Brian Bosley ... Drill sergeant
Dickon Tolson ... Bar Steward
Nick Hussey ... Sentry


Based on a true story, Sergeant Peter King of the Army Dental Corps, too old to fight, and Private Leslie Cuthbertson, a trainee dental mechanic in the Corps, are thrown together by their passionate desire to see active service. Armed with just two revolvers and a dozen grenades, King persuades Cuthbertson to join him on a mission to occupied France. In a letter to Winston Churchill, King explains their intention to invade France and fight the Germans. After a number of failed attempts, they finally arrive by boat and stumble across a German radar station. They succeed in blowing up what they believe to be the main Operations Room, but are soon forced to make their escape as the entire compound unexpectedly erupts with gunfire and explosions. After narrow escapes from the Germans and a stray mine in the Channel, the two men are picked up at sea and interrogated as spies. Identified as deserters, they are returned to their barracks to be court-martialed. At the eleventh hour King and ... Written by Ira Trattner

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A true story . . . that no one believed See more »


Comedy | War | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

1 November 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

2 Men Went to War  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,672, 28 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$151,133, 10 June 2018
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Did You Know?


The real Sergeant King was not as old as portrayed in the film. He was only 26 at the time of his exploits in the film. After returning from his raid, he was demoted to corporal and transferred to the commandos. He regained his rank of sergeant prior to D-Day, and later was commissioned in the field eventually reaching the rank of Captain by the end of the war. See more »


During the attack on the German Listening Post the Sergeant climbs over a container to get onto the roof. This type of container wasn't invented until 20 years later in the 1960s. See more »


Sgt. Peter King: You've got a head like a toy box Cuthbertson.
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Followed by Two More Men Went to War (2003) See more »


Written by Frank Madden (as Madden) and Allan Flynn (as Flynn)
Performed by The Ink Spots
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4 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

A Brilliant film-this is one of the rare films that you can sit down and watch with all the family. Everett and Villiers have managed to write a fantastic tale of two courageous men- not content with being army dentists, they risk their lives by going to France to fight the war themselves! What makes this film so touching is that it's based on a true story. I experienced almost every emotion whilst watching this film...fear, hope, pride, delight...i came out exhausted and can't wait to see it again!

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