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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Thinking about watching this tonight. Any good?

One of the few World War I films.

Directed by Richard Attenborough

Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Phyllis Calvert, Jean Pierre Cassel, John Clements, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, Juliet Mills, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Corin Redgrave, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith, Susannah York, and Sir John Mills.

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by Anonymousreply 12March 18, 2023 8:44 PM


by Anonymousreply 1December 22, 2021 7:02 PM

It's very entertaining but too stylized.

I love the scene where Maggie Smith is luring all the young men to their deaths, getting them to sign up for WWI with a saucy song.

by Anonymousreply 2December 22, 2021 7:31 PM

R2 Smith is good in everything!

by Anonymousreply 3December 22, 2021 8:02 PM

A fun trailer. A who's who of actors

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by Anonymousreply 4December 14, 2022 6:09 PM

It's the kind of piece that must have worked better on stage. There are some good bits (Smith's number being one of the best) but Attenborough is a stuffy director at best. The film is leaden.

by Anonymousreply 5December 14, 2022 7:07 PM

R5 Even with the great talent assembled?

by Anonymousreply 6December 14, 2022 8:03 PM

Yes, unfortunately. It's not terrible but the political message (upper class officers are imbeciles at running a war) is delivered with a sledgehammer. Olivier is good at playing one of those monsters - he knows how to pull it off. Attenborough was never an inspired director, even with GHANDI.

by Anonymousreply 7December 14, 2022 8:12 PM

R7 I disagree. I love Gandhi and The Great Escape

by Anonymousreply 8December 14, 2022 11:27 PM

^ John Sturges directed The great Escape (1963)

OP Oh! . . .is not good.

by Anonymousreply 9December 14, 2022 11:53 PM

Fun old school musical comedy with STARS

by Anonymousreply 10March 16, 2023 10:34 PM

Just watch the Maggie Smith number, not the whole movie.

by Anonymousreply 11March 17, 2023 9:04 PM

R11 why??

by Anonymousreply 12March 18, 2023 8:44 PM
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