How I Won The War


Richard Lester's 1967 adaptation of Patrick Ryan's novel illustrates just how ahead of his time the director was in terms of playing with the conventions of cinema. Intercutting his anti-war story with real battle footage, he has his actors talk not just to camera but to the filmmaker himself. At one point we even see a cinema audience watching the movie back home and commenting on it.

Unfortunately, the cool parts don't make for a satisfying whole and what begins as a sharp, inventive satire soon descends into a toothless, unfunny morass of slapstick. Still, as the inept officer in charge of a troop of equally inexperienced soldiers, Michael Crawford shows the same physical dexterity that would make him a household name a few years later with Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. And look out too for John Lennon as one of the squaddies attempting to build a cricket pitch behind enemy lines...

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 1st 2004

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