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John Lennon - How I Won The War (1967)


How I Won the War is a black comedy film directed by Richard Lester, released in 1967. The film stars Michael Crawford as bungling British Army Officer Lieutenant Earnest Goodbody, with John Lennon (Musketeer Gripweed), Jack MacGowran (Musketeer Juniper) Roy Kinnear (Musketeer Clapper) and Lee Montague (Sergeant Transom) as soldiers under his command. The film uses an inconsistent variety of styles — vignette, straight–to–camera, and, extensively, parody of the war film genre, docu-drama, and popular war literature — to tell the story of 3rd Troop, the 4th Musketeers (a fictional regiment reminiscent of the Royal Fusiliers) and their misadventures in the Second World War. This is told in the comic/absurdist vein throughout, a central plot being the setting-up of an “Advanced Area Cricket Pitch” behind enemy lines in Tunisia, but it is all broadly based on the landings in North Africa in 1942 to the advance on the Rhine following Arnhem.

Directed by Richard Lester
Produced by Richard Lester
Written by Patrick Ryan, Charles Wood
Starring
Michael Crawford
John Lennon
Roy Kinnear
Jack MacGowran
Michael Hordern
Lee Montague
Music by Ken Thorne
Cinematography David Watkin
Editing by John Victor-Smith
Distributed by United Artists
Running time 109 min
Original language English

Release dates:
UK 18 October 1967
USA 23 October 1967
Sweden 30 October 1967
West Germany 7 November 1967
Finland 22 December 1967

Also Known As (AKA):
Cómo gané la guerra Argentina / Spain
Come ho vinto la guerra Italy
Como Ganhei a Guerra Brazil
Hur jag vann kriget Sweden
Miten voitin sodan Finland
Pos kerdisa ton polemo Greece
Wie ich den Krieg gewann West Germany

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