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How I Won The War [DVD] [1967]

3.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear, Lee Montague, Jack MacGowran
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Writers: Charles Wood, Patrick Ryan
  • Producers: Richard Lester, Denis O'Dell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Czech
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029RDWC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,419 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Lieutenant Goodbody has absolutely no idea how to lead his British regiment in the North African battlefield of WWII. But what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in enthusiasm. And when he's ordered to build a cricket playing field 100 miles behind enemy lines, he's determined to succeed even if this means most of his men are killed in the process.

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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2009
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The first thing to strike you with this film is the strength of a young Michael Crawford to lead the film. His performance as the hapless army officer is a showcase for his infamous physically involved performances and he impresses on screen.

The next thing you realise is that you only ever half an idea what's going on! This is a prime example of 1960's experimental cinema and as you watch it you appreciate the artistic merit but scrabble around trying to find a discernible plot or message amongst the action on screen.

I was a massive fan of the Beatles during my teenage years and I idolised John Lennon, therefore this is a film I always intended on watching but I never found it available on VHS, it was a long wait before I finally watched it and it was good seeing my former hero in a more 'grown up' film than the likes of 'Help!' or 'The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night'. Lennon doesn't have a huge part but the lines he delivers are along the same vein as can be found in his books 'In His Own Write & A Spaniard in the Works' - and fit in perfectly with the abstract feel of the film.

This film is sometimes quite dark, and there are some funny moments. A lot of the humour comes from wordplay, for example; Crawford as officer Goodbody reports to his senior as he stands next to a toilet and announces - "I'm here at your convenience".
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I'm a fan of the Beatles and I've known about this film for a long time (cos John Lennon's in it) but never seen it before. If I'm honest, I didn't have particularly high expectations, and as it got started my worst fears seemed to he confirmed as various random sequences of self-consciously surreal sixties strangeness unfolded before me. Michael Crawford is well-cast as the young officer in charge of a group of misfit soldiers, but there is a virtually non-existent plot and only a few very weak jokes to distract from the oddness. Not much to keep you watching. For most of the first half of the film I was always on the cusp of switching it off, but then, bit by bit you start noticing interesting things - like the silent soldier who seems to be a ghost from a WW1 newsreel. More and more of that sort of thing starts to creep in and it becomes kind of fascinating. It's by no means a brilliant film - very much of its time - but it is an intriguing piece of film history. Worth a look. John Lennon's not much of an actor though.
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Though it might seem dated now viewing it in 2015 almost 50 years since it's production and release "How I won the war" does have some relevance in todays world, even more so given current world events. This was Richard Lester's anti anti war film satirising both the pomposity of
both the arty farty anti war movies of the time and the big Hollywood john wayne style war movies that glorifies war. It is both surreal in its comedic
moments and brutal in its depiction of the horrors of war (an example of which is the insertion of stock footage of german troops stepping over the bodies of allied troops on a beachhead).It of course features some of britains greatest talent of stage and screen of the time: Michael Crawford, Roy Kinnear (father of Rory Kinnear), Lee Montague, Robert Hardy, Michael Hordern, Jack McGowran and of course not forgetting John Lennon,( who wrote the Beatles classic strawberry fields forever whilst making this film on location in spain). So if you're looking for something a little offbeat but has something to say then look no further than this classic Richard Lester movie........
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Not sure whether I actually *enjoy* the thing or not, but it has to be said it's worthwhile to watch. Unfortunately it turns too much into a rant at one point and becomes tedious. 4 stars because of Crawford's performance. He has always been a star. There is nobody like him. Lennon was no slouch either, and Roy Kinnear IMO *really* made it worth watching.
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This is a classic 1966 subversive anti-war drama from Richard Lester the director of the previous two Beatles films 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help'. The satire is akin to Stanley Kubrick's 'Dr. Strangelove' although a lot more abstact and even surreal! Michael Crawford shines in his role while John Lennon is good in his supporting role.
I highly recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of The Beatles or Lennon or just classic filmmaking.
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This DvD arrived on time and good condition, not had an issue with the picture or sound, but i think you should see a clip of the movie first, as a friend has stated he did not like it for its lack of war ( explosions and violence ) and could not get the dark humour!, as for myself, i have loved this move from childhood, a true classic too me!
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I enjoyed this film when I first saw it but was disappointed to find that it failed to live up to my recollections. The idea was effective but the execution was flawed: too much Goon-type humour was squeezed in, whereas a simpler adherence to the main anti-war theme would have been considerably more effective.
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