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Dad's Army (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 5 February 2016 (USA)
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The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.

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Oliver Parker

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Tandy ... Major Cunningham
Russell Balogh ... Lundt (as Russell Balough)
Andrew Havill ... Captain Meeks
Heinz Heinz ... The Pigeon
Emily Atack ... Daphne
Daniel Mays ... Walker
Toby Jones ... George Mainwaring
Blake Harrison ... Frank Pike
Michael Gambon ... Godfrey
Bill Nighy ... Arthur Wilson
Bill Paterson ... Frazer
Tom Courtenay ... Jones
Bertie Bertie ... The Bull
Nigel Launder Nigel Launder ... Farmer
Oliver Tobias ... Canaris
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The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.

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Comedy | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

5 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armia tetryków See more »

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$12,738,785
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2.35 : 1
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Actors Toby Jones, who plays Captain Mainwaring),and Tom Courtney, who plays Lance Corporal Jones), have both portrayed the villain Daniel Quilp in two different filmed adaptations of Charles Dickens' "The Old Curiousity Shop". Courtney played the role in a Disney produced television film, The Old Curiosity Shop (1995), and later reprized his portrayal for a radio adaptation in 1998, while Jones played the character for a Masterpiece Classic (1971) television adaptation produced by ITV [See: The Old Curiosity Shop (2007) and Masterpiece Classic: The Old Curiosity Shop (2009)]. See more »

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Comes armed with everything except the comedy.....
3 June 2016 | by s3276169See all my reviews

I grew up with the 1968 series Dads Army. It sat cheerily alongside other quality Brit comedies in a similar vein, such as It Ain't Half Hot Mum and complimented top US military comedy shows, such as Hogans Hero's.

That said, much as I desperately wanted to love the new film based on this wonderful series it simply lacks the clever comedic wit and wry humour of its predecessor. Indeed, it would be fair to say it comes armed with everything except humour. This film offers up great sets, a good choice of location, excellent costumes, a predictable but not unlikable story and a stellar cast.

Sadly, that's about it. The comedy is thin on the ground and a good portion of any humour there is amounts to very innocuous, mildly sexual jokes, mostly directed at Catherine Zeta Jones, spy character. "Did you slip her a sausage?" one woman asks Jones the butcher.

Simply put, this is such a terrible waste. A more polished script, infused with comedy of the period and maybe a few new twists, could have seen this film shine, paying homage to a wonderful series I can still happily watch 47 years later. Instead, what you get, is weak tea without the sugar. I'm sure Arthur Lowe's, Captain Mainwaring, would not have been impressed. Four out of ten from me.


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