How I Won The War. Lieutenant Ernest Goodbody (Michael Crawford). Copyright: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

How I Won The War

1967 British comedy film about war. Stars Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear, Lee Montague, Jack McGowran and others.

How I Won The War. Image shows from L to R: Clapper (Roy Kinnear), Drogue (James Cossins), Gripweed (John Lennon), Spool (Ronald Lacey), Juniper (Jack McGowran), Transom (Lee Montague). Copyright: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

How I Won The War

Absurdist anti-war comedy starring Michael Crawford as a hopeless lieutenant in the Second World War

Genre
Film
Released
1967
Starring
Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear, Lee Montague, Jack McGowran, Michael Hordern, Jack Hedley, Karl Michael Vogler and others
Writers
Patrick Ryan and Charles Wood
Director
Richard Lester
Producer
Richard Lester

Both anti-war and anti-war-film, How I Won The War is an absurdist, fourth-wall-breaking take on the futility of armed conflict, based in part upon Patrick Ryan's 1963 comic novel of the same name.

Told in parallel with his eventual capture by German troops in Spring 1945 as the Allies close in on the Reich, the film focuses on British Lieutenant Ernest Goodbody, a complete incompetent in charge of a small band of men who view him with rightful disdain. He and his men are tasked with trekking far behind enemy lines in the African desert in order to prepare a perfect English cricket pitch for the coming British troops.

Facing multiple obstacles and calamities en route - many of their, or rather, Goodbody's, own making - the unit face dehydration, starvation, fuel shortage and death at enemy hands before they can fulfil their ultimate task.

Production Details

UK certificate
X
Duration
110 minutes
Release date
1967
Distributor

United Artists

Production company
Laugh track
None

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