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Dad's Army (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 5 February 2016 (USA)
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The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.


Oliver Parker


Hamish McColl (screenplay), Jimmy Perry (based on characters created by) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Tandy ... Major Cunningham
Russell Balogh ... Lundt (as Russell Balough)
Andrew Havill ... Captain Meeks
Heinz Heinz ... The Pigeon
Emily Atack ... Daphne
Daniel Mays ... Walker
Toby Jones ... George Mainwaring
Blake Harrison ... Frank Pike
Michael Gambon ... Godfrey
Bill Nighy ... Arthur Wilson
Bill Paterson ... Frazer
Tom Courtenay ... Jones
Bertie Bertie ... The Bull
Nigel Launder Nigel Launder ... Farmer
Oliver Tobias ... Canaris


The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.

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Comedy | War


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English | German

Release Date:

5 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armia tetryków See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The High Street scenes were filmed on location at Bridlington, East Yorkshire. The Old Town was used for the shop frontages most of which are trading today in various forms. See more »


A .303 round from a Lee Enfield at that range would have gone straight through a helmet not pinged off. See more »


[last lines]
George Mainwaring: Touch and go, old friend. But we got there in the end.
Arthur Wilson: Friend, sir?
George Mainwaring: Eyes front, shoulders back. You're a sergeant of the home guard, not a sack of potatoes.
Arthur Wilson: Thank you, sir. You really are most awfully kind.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits sequence begins with a caption "You have been watching", followed by scenes of the various characters marching, with captions that show the actors' names but not their characters' names. This is exactly the same style as was used in the original TV series. See more »


Version of Dad's Army (1971) See more »


Auf Wiedersehen Mr Hitler
Composed by Charlie Mole
Additional lyrics by Oliver Parker
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Better than I thought it was going to be. A pleasant surprise.
6 February 2016 | by pr65See all my reviews

As a Dad's Army fan (and with a keen interest in the history of the REAL Home Guard of 1940 - 44) I realised this was never going to 'measure up' to the original TV series. In fact I thought it was going to be terrible (!) but went along to see it if only to tick the box. It was better than I expected and it was a pleasant surprise. Sadly I think that Tom Courtenay 'killed' LCpl Jones's character with a very wooden performance. However, there was good effort from the other actors. I thought that Toby Jones (Mainwaring) dominated the screen when he appeared and captured Mainwaring's flaws (and attributes) very well. I enjoyed Michael Gambon's Godfrey very much, and Bill Nighy's Sgt Wilson was an interesting re- interpretation that was nicely done. There were other good performances too (e.g Mrs Pike etc).

As well as a some chuckles, there were touching moments, and I think it captured the ethos of the time well (patriotism, paranoia reference the enemy, 'all pulling together' etc). In all I would call it a pleasant film to watch, and a homage of some sort to the original series and the historical Home Guard.

It was a nice touch to set the film in 1944 when the Home Guard was becoming ever more irrelevant. The original series (many have surmised) only covered the historical period of 1940 - 42. I've always regretted that and would have like to have seen the series set over the full 1940-44 period with perhaps a single episode covering their return to civilian life in December 1944 to round it off. The last year would have been quite comedic as Mainwaring might have struggled to enthuse the men as they became less relevant to to the war, and quite touching too.

I wouldn't listen to too many negative reviews, the film is worth seeing. I'd rather it had been made than not, even if it only points people towards the original series and reminds them that the Home Guard was real and that they lost 1,200 people to enemy action in WW2 (mainly air raids while on duty etc), and also that although they never faced an invasion (a real concern in 1940-41) they didn't know that at the time, but they volunteered anyway.

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