Oh! What a Lovely War [Special Collector's Edition] (WSE)

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Oh! What a Lovely War [Special Collector's Edition] (WSE)

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Starring: John Rae, Harry Locke, Dorothy Reynolds, Dirk Bogarde, Marianne Stone, Wensley Pithey, Ian Holm, Colin Farrell, Michael Bates, Maggie Smith, Natasha Parry, Jack Hawkins, Mary Wimbush, Vincent Ball, Gerald Sim, Cecil Parker, Peter Gilmore, Kim Smith, Wendy Allnutt, Paul Shelley, Nanette Newman, John Gielgud, Ruth Kettlewell, Norman Shelley, Kenneth More, Meriel Forbes, Laurence Olivier, Maurice Roeves, Clifford Mollison, Robert Flemyng, John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Juliet Mills, Isabel Dean, Joh

Director: Richard Attenborough

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Oh! What a Lovely War is an every-man-for-himself adaptation of Charles Chilton's 1963 play, as staged in London by Joan Littlewood. The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms, beginning with a verbal free-for-all involving the Crowned Heads of Europe. The war is presented as the "new attraction" at the Brighton Amusement Pier, complete with syrupy cheer-up songs, shooting galleries, free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead. Throughout the proceedings, the camera concentrates on a middle-class family, whose five sons end up as cannon fodder. The final image is a veddy proper British picnic on a graveyard. Of the many fleeting satiric images parading past the camera, one of the most indelible is the sight of several generals playing leapfrog as the world all around them goes to hell in a handbasket. The awesome all-star cast includes Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Jack Hawkins, John Mills, Susannah York, Dirk Bogarde and Phyllis Calvert. We haven't seen this many Englishmen in one place since the last Wimbledon match. The whole affair was supervised by Richard Attenborough, making his directorial debut (a question: why was he up to the challenge of this musical extravaganza, yet seemed helpless in the face of 1985's A Chorus Line?). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

cc, Commentary by director Lord Richard Attenborough, 3-part documentary: Welcome to World War I, The Smith family album, Keep the home fires burning, .

cc Commentary by director Lord Richard Attenborough 3-part documentary: Welcome to World War I The Smith family album Keep the home fires burning .

Starring:
John Rae,
Harry Locke,
Dorothy Reynolds,
Dirk Bogarde,
Marianne Stone,
Wensley Pithey,
Ian Holm,
Colin Farrell,
Michael Bates,
Maggie Smith,
Natasha Parry,
Jack Hawkins,
Mary Wimbush,
Vincent Ball,
Gerald Sim,
Cecil Parker,
Peter Gilmore,
Kim Smith,
Wendy Allnutt,
Paul Shelley,
Nanette Newman,
John Gielgud,
Ruth Kettlewell,
Norman Shelley,
Kenneth More,
Meriel Forbes,
Laurence Olivier,
Maurice Roeves,
Clifford Mollison,
Robert Flemyng,
John Mills,
Ralph Richardson,
Juliet Mills,
Isabel Dean,
Joh
Director: Richard Attenborough
Studio Name: Paramount
DVD Release Date:
Rating: G
Format: DVD
Screen Format: WSE
Run Time (in minutes): 144 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital Mono
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.7 x 5.5 x 7.8

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