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I Was Monty's Double [DVD]

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  • Actors: M.E. Clifton James, John Mills, Cecil Parker, Patrick Allen, Patrick Holt
  • Directors: John Guillermin
  • Writers: M.E. Clifton James, Bryan Forbes
  • Producers: John Palmer, Maxwell Setton
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRMZOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on a true story documented in the book by M.E. Clifton-James. In an effort to confuse the Nazis during the Second World War, an actor (played by M.E. Clifton-James himself) is forced to play Montgomery and is strategically positioned to cover the real man's tracks.

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I Was Monty's Double is a great film based on fact. What makes it so good is that the person who really had the adventure of playing Monty's Double starred in this movie. I have heard it called a "B" movie nothing can be further from the truth, this film has a great script, well supported by John Mills and is an important historical record.

A must!
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As improbable as it seems, Hitler sent a panzer division and 50,000 troops to the south of France just before the Normandy invasion. Hitler did it because he was so impressed by the performance of a second-string actor who up to May, 1944, was most proud of his lead role as Charley's Aunt in British regional rep. In this case, however, M. E. Clifton-James was playing Bernard Montgomery. Clifton-James bore an uncanny resemblance to the field marshall. When MI5 realized this, they organized one of the great WWII cons. Up until then, Clifton-James had been a middle-aged, low-ranking officer, in for the duration, who'd wound up in the Royal Army Pay Corps. He was pulled out of that, assigned for a few days to Montgomery's staff posing as an enlisted man so he could secretly study Montgomery's mannerisms and style, then sent as Montgomery first to Gibraltar and then to North Africa. Once there, posing as the field marshall, he attended high-level meetings, reviewed the troops, gave inspiring speeches...and all the while MI5 was insuring that his "secret" visits were being leaked to German intelligence. Would the Germans take the bait and believe Monty was prepping the field for a major landing at the underbelly of Europe? MI5 and Clifton-James had their answer when German fighters attacked the transport carrying the false Monty to another North African location. Then German commandos arriving by sub managed to kidnap "Montgomery" and move him to the beach before British soldiers (in the movie, two good-looking officers, one played by John Mills) daringly rescue the actor, who by now had fainted.

All true? Well, supposedly, most of it. I'd take the kidnapping and the rescue with a grain of salt.
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I was Monty's double is gives one actor the biggest acting oppotunity of his life. How could any actor pass this sort of chance?? One day lieutenant james of the pay core is doing cheep impressions of fieldmarshall montgomery on the stage, and the next he is being asked to do a tour of North africa as monty, giving speeches hear and waveinging to the crowd there.
The scene, in the early part of of 1944 hard work is going under way to lay plans for the all important invasion of europe. The allies are going to every extent to try and conceal the exact time and place of the invasion. It's major Harvey of intelligance's job to do his best to mis lead the Germans into where the invasion will take place. Stuggeling for ideas he decides to go and see the theatre with his girlfriend, Peggy,after the performance a 'special' guest comes on stage. From then Lieutenant James life changes masivly. Suddenly he watching and learning everything that Monty ever did and studying his every manerism, from the way he stands to how he blows his nose. The plan was for james to tour north Africa giving the Germans the impression that thats where the invasion would be launched.
The film is in black and white which is completly in keeping with the film, it is parrell of the public propaganda film which the characters watch at the end which is depicting DD day.
in my opinion this film is very enjoyable as it has touches of everything, laughter, tension and the rest. For anyone who is into history or likes world war films this wont disappoint as it encapsulates everything that is british. Having watched the film you feel like gettin the Vera lin records out and singing god save the queen stupidly loud with your hand over you heart.
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Fun film of a great story, but it is not really substantial enough to do it justice. But worth seeing for the fantastic tale it tells, mixed with real footage, of a grand deception regarding General Montgomery and the planned location of the allied invasion of German occupied Europe in WWII.
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I saw this film years ago when I was a kid, and now in my 50's a friend reminded me of it, and I tried to purchase it but could not find it locally, and hey presto there it was on Amazon, very cheap too, its a brilliant film, supposedly based on fact, I enjoyed it give it go and see what you think
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I really enjoyed this film about an Allied plan to deceive the Nazis.. What adds a rare element of authenticity is the fact that the actor playing Monty's double in the movie is the same man who was selected to pass himself off as General Montgomery during WW2.. Typical British humour, nicely underplayed - a thoroughly brilliant docudrama.
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By NZer on 11 July 2012
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My family lived in Gibraltar when this film was made and my father made a cameo appearance as one of the Air Force officers waiting to receive "Monty" when he arrived. He was 'promoted'to a senior officer for the film! Watching this film brought back my childhood memories of Gib and seeing my father again brought me to tears.
Marvellous film and shows that everything is not always what you think you see!
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