icon Film Profile: Oh! What a Lovely War - (1969)
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6.3/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"The ever popular war games. With songs, battles & a few jokes"


  • Director: Richard Attenborough
  • Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics,
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Widescreen | Duration: 150 Mins

Based on Joan Littlewood's stage production, this stylised, satirical and ultimately moving tribute to the soldiers who answered their country's call and fought in the Great War was Richard Attenborough's first film as a director. An all-star cast performs the original's jingoistic music hall songs, which Attenborough cleverly stages in Brighton's Royal Pavilion and on the old West Pier. While there was animosity behind the scenes - Len Deighton refused screen credit as the film's writer - this remains a distinctive piece of work and by far the most audacious film Attenborough has ever made. It also tapped into the Sergeant Pepper style that was all the rage in 1969.
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Cast List:
Stephen : Dirk Bogarde
Lady Haig : Phyllis Calvert
French Colonel : Jean-Pierre Cassel
General Von Molke : John Clements
Count Berchtold : John Gielgud
Emperor Franz Joseph : Jack Hawkins
Kaiser Wilhelm II : Kenneth More
Field Marshal Sir John French : Laurence Olivier
General Sir Henry Wilson : Michael Redgrave
Sylvia Pankhurst : Vanessa Redgrave
Sir Edward Grey : Ralph Richardson
Music hall star : Maggie Smith
Eleanor : Susannah York
Sir Douglas Haig : John Mills
President Poincaré : Ian Holm
Tsar Nicholas II : Paul Daneman
Photographer : Joe Melia
Mary Smith : Mary Wimbush
Flo Smith : Wendy Allnutt
Bertie Smith : Corin Redgrave
George Smith : Maurice Roëves
Betty Smith : Angela Thorne

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