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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 4 May 1945 (USA)
From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McKechnie ...
Spud Wilson
Neville Mapp ...
Stuffy Graves
Vincent Holman ...
Club Porter (1942)
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David Hutcheson ...
Spencer Trevor ...
Period Blimp
Roland Culver ...
James Knight ...
Club Porter (1902)
...
Dennis Arundell ...
Café Orchestra Leader
David Ward ...
Kaunitz
Jan Van Loewen ...
Indignant Citizen
...
von Schönborn
Carl Jaffe ...
von Reumann (as Carl Jaffé)
...
von Ritter
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Storyline

Portrays in warm-hearted detail the life and loves of one extraordinary man. We meet the imposingly rotund General Clive Wynne-Candy, a blustering old duffer who seems the epitome of stuffy, outmoded values. Traveling backwards 40 years we see a different man altogether: the young and dashing officer "Sugar" Candy. Through a series of relationships with three women and his lifelong friendship with a German officer, we see Candy's life unfold and come to understand how difficult it is for him to adapt his sense of military honor to modern notions of "total war." Written by Anonymous

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An unforgettable story of forty gallant years. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

4 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colonel Blimp  »

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Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Microphonic Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

David Mamet named this as his favourite film and Roger Livesey and Anton Walbrook his favourite actors (the duel scene being his "idea of perfection"). See more »

Goofs

Clive Candy goes to confront Kaunitz in Berlin, which is in Prussia, but Kaunitz's Stammtisch are drinking from Hofbräuhaus krugs, noted by the 'HB' insignia. The Hofbräuhaus is in Munich, which is the capital of Bavaria, 360 miles away. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Goodhead: If we don't know what we are doing, the enemy certainly can't anticipate our future actions.
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Crazy Credits

The lead actors' names are sewn onto a tapestry-like picture, written on scrolls. This opening credits "needlework tapestry" was completed by the Royal College of Needlework. See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Tea and Empathy (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

The British Grenadiers
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(traditional march)
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Churchill was most definitely wrong
5 September 2004 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Forget what another reviewer said here about being "shallow and lacking in emotional content" and full of "stock characters", as nothing could be further from the truth. This is one of the finest British films ever made.

It may mock the old reactionary Blimp (who pretty much is Churchill) but it does so with deep sympathy for his passing age of fair play. And its message that Britain must fight a realistic war was a great bit of intelligent and patriotic propaganda. By opposing it Churchill underestimated the intelligence of the British people.

Roger Livesey's and Anton Walbrook's performances are both fantastic, and the film contains two drop-dead emotional moments: Walbrook's single shot speech about leaving Germany, and Livesey's final lines as the film ends.

And any film which has a character called Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff MUST be good.


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