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Dad's Army (1971)

G | | Comedy, War | September 1971 (USA)
The misadventures of a ragtag group of elderly Home Guard local defense volunteers at the onset of WW2.

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Norman Cohen

Writers:

Jimmy Perry (idea), Jimmy Perry (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Lowe ... Capt. Mainwaring
John Le Mesurier ... Sgt. Wilson
Clive Dunn ... LCpl. Jones
John Laurie ... Pte. Frazer
James Beck ... Pte. Walker
Arnold Ridley ... Pte. Godfrey
Ian Lavender ... Pte. Pike
Liz Fraser ... Mrs. Pike
Bernard Archard ... Maj. Gen. Fullard
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... R.S.M.
Bill Pertwee ... Hodges
Frank Williams ... Reverend Timothy Farthing
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ... Verger Maurice Yeatman
Anthony Sagar Anthony Sagar ... Police Sergeant
Pat Coombs Pat Coombs ... Mrs. Hall
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Storyline

When World War Two breaks out, the small seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea finds itself less than ably defended by the elderly and inept members of Captain Mainwaring's home guard unit. Put on manoeuvres by a visiting Major-General, Mainwaring's men manage to bungle one task after another. However, when a group of Germans from a scout plane take the Mayor hostage at the church hall, the clueless soldiers might still have a chance of saving the day! Written by Anonymous

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At last! Their epic story invades the Big Screen!

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Comedy | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armata lui bunicu See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, Norcon See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage in opening scenes)| Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During World War 2 counterfeiting was extensive in Britain. The Germans planned to flood the British economy with counterfeit money to wreck the British economy. Most of counterfeit money were made by prisoners of war (POW), who were artists. See more »

Goofs

During the firing drill inside the armored van, Mainwaring states that the enemy has been spotted on the left. The men inside the van shout "Open two three. Out two three. Left two three" and proceed to point their rifles to the right instead. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Gen. Fullard: [Realises that Mainwaring is in charge of the platoon] Good heavens - it's that damm bank clerk!
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Connections

Referenced in Dad's Army: Legacy (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
(uncredited)
(trad.)
sung by the cast
Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Composed by William H. Monk
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Probably the best film of a TV show ever
1 November 2000 | by walmingtonSee all my reviews

TV shows from the 1970's which were turned into films were usually terrible. Dad's Army is the big exception. The formula from the TV show worked just as well on the big screen and with the bigger budget it's lovely to see people walking around Walmington-on-Sea. The plot is similar to parts of some of the TV episodes, but that doesn't matter because they're still as funny. Other parts like when Mainwaring, Wilson and Frazer are stranded on the raft are classic. The only thing I can criticise it for is the sometimes obvious lack of input from the TV shows creators and writers, Jimmy Perry and David Croft. But beautiful performances from Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn etc.


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