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Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came (1970)

M/PG | | Comedy, Drama | 5 March 1971 (Mexico)
Tensions grow between the small army base and people from the nearby town. Despite well intentions of people from both sides it all escalates after the big dance in town.

Director:

Hy Averback

Writers:

Hal Captain (screenplay), Hal Captain (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Keith ... Officer Michael M. Nace
Tony Curtis ... Shannon Gambroni
Ernest Borgnine ... Sheriff Harve
Ivan Dixon ... Sgt. Jones
Suzanne Pleshette ... Ramona
Tom Ewell ... Billy Joe Davis
Bradford Dillman ... Capt. Myerson
Arthur O'Connell ... Mr. Kruft
John Fiedler ... Maj. Purvis
Don Ameche ... Col. Flanders
Robert Emhardt ... Lester Calhoun (as Bob Emhardt)
Maxine Stuart ... Zelda
Christopher Mitchum ... Alturi
Pamela Britton ... Sgt. Graham
Grady Sutton ... Rev. Dinwood
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Tensions grow between the small army base and people from the nearby town. Despite well intentions of people from both sides it all escalates after the big dance in town.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1971 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

War Games See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Huachuca, Arizona, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was Don Ameche's last film until Trading Places (1983) 13 years later. See more »

Quotes

Officer Michael M. Nace: You get your cerebral ass off my monolith.
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Soundtracks

Mama Two March
Music by Jerry Fielding
Lyrics by Jerry Fielding and David McKechnie
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Cheap, Exploitive and Shallow. Fake Antiwar Message Title & All
27 February 2011 | by JakealopeSee all my reviews

It's hard to sink low in Hollywood, but one way is to lead people on that you are making some sort of "profound" anti-war, anti-racism message movie, only to produce a really shallow, laughable at, not with, military comedy. Since they used a then popular antiwar slogan as the title and had a "long haired" soldier walk down the road with a peace sign painted on his duffel bag, it is really insulting that this movie, made during the height of the Vietnam War and protests, DIDN'T EVEN mention the war. OK, they DID, sort of, when Brian Keith told a story about one his men who got shot their in 1956??(Did he transfer from the French Army?) It acted like this was just a peacetime military base with a minor social, public relations problem with their local redneck civilian community. It was set in the South, but the architecture and landscape suggested, guess, Southern California.

It also tried to play up the racial angle, which it did a tad more successfully than the anti-war angle, only to submerge it into the townies versus the garrison plot element. It had a pretty good cast, except for some sloppy brat pack boozy acting by Tony Curtis. Even some of the dialog was good. But when you add the childish mash up scene at the end along with the cheap pseudo messaging in the movie's theme, it is a real dud. It is like an (almost) adult version of McHale's Navy, except McHale is playing one of Captain Binghampton's enforcers; the stock redneck Southern sheriff.


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