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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.

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Hy Averback

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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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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: That's what you wanted me to see?
Shannon Gambroni: Right
Officer Michael M. Nace: Well that's a whole lot of fun Shannon, yeah. Forty seven years old and I get to stand here and look at that pile of scrap.
Shannon Gambroni: Scrap? That's a tank!
Officer Michael M. Nace: Scrap. You got any more funny games you want to play? How about about juggling some hand grenades blindfolded huh? Want to run around in a field of Cosmoline? Want me to shine up the flag pole for you? "What did you do in the war Daddy?" Well, sonny I stood around with my two idiot friends staring at some ...
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Referenced in Mean Streets (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Mama Two March
Music by Jerry Fielding
Lyrics by Jerry Fielding and David McKechnie
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Soldiers vs. townfolk in late 60's Arizona with a fabulous cast
25 February 2019 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

"Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came" (1970) is a comedy/drama that details events in remote southern Arizona when militarists at an Army base (Tony Curtis, Brian Keith, Bradford Dillman & Ivan Dixon) conflict with the authorities of the nearby town (e.g. Earnest Borgnine) eventually leading to all hell breaking loose when a couple of disenchanted soldiers steal a tank.

This is a dialogue-driven dramedy stuffed with understated witticisms hidden within the verbiage; so I suggest using the subtitles to catch 'em all. The highlight is the great cast, but curvy cutie Suzanne Pleshette isn't used enough. An additional attraction is that this is a great way to go back in time and observe American society in 1969 (when the film was shot).

The producers were shooting for the tone of the contemporaneous "Kelly's Heroes" transplanted to late 60's America. Unfortunately, the script needed a rewrite to flesh out more entertaining prospects. It's a flat viewing experience as is. Eastwood's "Heartbreak Ridge" took elements of it and made a better flick. Not that "Heartbreak" is great or anything, but it's superior to this.

The film runs 1 hour, 53 minutes and was shot at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, with some scenes done at Warner Brothers Studios, S. Cal. Don Amech and John Fiedler also appear.

GRADE: C


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