#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – This movie features Beatle John Lennon and Roy Kinnear as ill-fated enlisted men under the inept command of Lieutenant Ernest Goodbody (Michael Crawford). The story unwinds mostly in flashbacks of Lieutenant Goodbody who has lower-class beginnings and education which make him a poor officer who commands one of the worst units of the Army.
Plot: An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.
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Brilliant, gets better with age!
‘How I Won the War’ has to be one of the most original, bizarre and imaginative war films ever made. I first saw it late one night as an impressionable kid and immediately was drawn by its unusual style and narrative. To have the film tinted in several different colours to show the stages of the war was both daring and cool. One gets the feeling of having witnessed something larger, more intimate and important than just a mere war movie.
There are no real heros in this film, certainly Michael Crawford and his troop are pretty cowardly and inept, whereas the Germans are depicted, in the raid on the fuel dump scene, as being content with religious service and a bit of soccer.
It is true that history is written by the victors and Michael Crawford’s character, Goodbody, is one of only two survivers from his regiment. He proudly states at the very end of the film that he “won the war”. Maybe he did, but his actions and his balmy enthusiasm show us just how idiotic war can be.
My favourite scene was the one with Goodbody and the German officer who befriends Goodbody for much of the film. Together, they talk about how cruel both the British and Germans are, and how the German officer has killed many Jews. Goodbody then talks about how he got his commission and why he is fighting. It ends with the German officer telling Goodbody that he (Goodbody) is a fascist. “Am I?”, replies Goodbody, “but I don’t particularly dislike Jews.”
When the very affable German officer, who is attempting to surrender, is blindly run over by an advancing British tank, we know that in this war the good, the bad and the ugly become mixed up and inseperable.
I currently own a very worn out video of the film and am hoping it will be released soon on DVD here in Australia.
Ahead of its time
It is World War II. Lt Goodbody (Michael Crawford) is an officer because he comes from the right class: however, he is an idiot (a well brought up idiot, it is true, but an idiot nonetheless). The assignment he is given suits his abilities, and also the abilities of his troop (composed of slackers, incompetents, layabouts and the like) – to construct an unnecessary cricket pitch in the middle of the desert. Only his Sergeant, Transom (Lee Montague) is a “proper” soldier, and spends the entire film steaming with frustration at having to nursemaid this overprivileged ninny and his idiot charges. And, despite Transom’s best efforts, members of the platoon are killed, one by one (and in one of many surreal touches, they remain with the platoon in spirit, albeit clad entirely in a unique pastel shade).
Dick Lester’s absurdist anti-war film is a challenging but entertaining experience, albeit you have to be in the right frame of mind for it. The cast list is a roster of the cream of British acting talent – we don’t produce too many headliners, but by heck we fill up the cast with people who know their job.
The elephant in the room is John Lennon. Having worked with Lester in the two Beatles features, and being ready for a sabbatical, Lennnon sallies forth in a straight acting role as the lazy Musketeer Gripweed. Seen for the first time with short hair and his (subsequent) trademark round national Health spectacles, it would be good to report that Lennon steals the show. He doesn’t – his lack of acting experience and training shows too much for that – but he doesn’t disgrace himself either.
This film has become something of a rarity, yet it has something to say, and it says it eloquently and entertainingly while being quietly challenging at the same time.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 49 min (109 min) (USA), 1 hr 49 min (109 min) (Argentina)
Genre Comedy, War
Director Richard Lester
Writer Patrick Ryan, Charles Wood
Actors Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Film Length 3,030.02 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm