Oh! What a Lovely War

  • Film
  • Drama
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Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop play on the excesses and follies of war got misplaced in transition, and producer Len Deighton ended up removing his name from the credits. It remains an often too-clever, sometimes moving piece which never effectively reconciles its lampooning of the WWI General Staff (Haig playing leapfrog; conducting battles from a helter-skelter; losses reflected on cricket scoreboards) with its sincerity towards the salt-of-the-earth working class who were the ones who copped it. Lots of contemporary songs, scores of well-known faces.

Release details

Duration: 144 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Attenborough
Screenwriter: Len Deighton
Cast: Joe Melia
Colin Farrell
Paul Shelley
Angela Thorne
Mary Wimbush
Corin Redgrave
Maggie Smith
Michael Redgrave
Laurence Olivier
John Mills
Vanessa Redgrave
Ralph Richardson
John Gielgud
Dirk Bogarde
Kenneth More
Jack Hawkins
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