Spike Milligan: Adolf Hitler - My Part In His Downfall [DVD]
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Spike" Milligan reluctantly obeys his call-up papers and sets out on an Army career filled with adventures that'll bring a smile to the face and a tear to the eye!
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Jim Dale supporting cast are many of the well known and much loved actors familiar to British TV viewers from the 70s. .
As well as the daft and at times zany dry British humour as Spike and the rest of his squad get involved in many amusing antics, there is also very much the human face of the futility war, when one of his group is blown up guarding a shot down German bomber and when the family of another has been totally wiped out during a bombing raid on London.
Often I think that films such as this come off far better for being shot on a low budget. Unable to show the German blitz on London the Director Norman Cohen cleverly shows the recruits on a hill silhouetted by the night sky as they watch the homes of their families being bombed, a moving and poignant moment.
On the whole Jim Dale gives a good account of himself, capturing the flavour of Milligan's madcap behaviour.
Yes, at times Jim Dale (playing Spike Milligan) acts as though he is in one of his Carry On films and for much of the time there was little discernable difference between Arthur Lowe as Major Drysdale (the training camps commander) and Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring out of Dad's Army. Also there is unfulfilled potential in this film.
It is written and acted out like some sort of a Carry On style of film (very slapstick and bawdy) and completely omits all the keen observations, humanity and subtle wit of Spike's actual memoirs.
Despite reasonable performances from notable actors it fails because, like I say, it is only loosely based upon the book of the same name.
Still, some may like its comedic tomfoolery despite its dated style and lack of depth and faithfulness to Spike's memoirs.
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I bought this dvd for my friend who I know will really enjoy this filmPublished 7 months ago by punch miller