The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's much-lauded epic Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, which satirizes British traditionalism, stirred up impassioned hostilities and indignations among the Brits when released in 1943. It so… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Maybe the most wonderfully British movie ever made.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie looks past the fat, bald military man with the walrus moustache, and sees inside, to an idealist and a romantic. To know him is to love him.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Arguably the finest British film made during the second world war...

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger collaboration so unambiguously satirizing the military mind-set that Prime Minister Winston Churchill tried to have it banned.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The rarest of cinematic treasures: a historical epic that is also intensely personal and emotionally earnest.

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The List

Blimp is a film that gives us musical mischief, marvellous moustaches, poignancy and peculiarity in droves.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Its brilliance lies in its insistence that even dinosaurs deserve empathy and maybe even love.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The greatest of all British films, the greatest film about Britishness

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

This glorious film is about the greatest mystery of all: how old people were once young, and how young people are in the process of becoming old.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
The magic of the Powell & Pressburger directing and producing team has never been more prevalent or as affecting as it was than with their World War II… More
Ken Stachnik
Delightfully charming and British.
Bathsheba Monk
This film is an interesting look at young people looking at old people...what you see is a paunchy old guy with a moustache, but as the old guy says, "You… More
Anthony Lawrie
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp isn't just my favourite Powell & Pressburger film, it has shot right to the top section of my favourite films of… More
Jonathan Hutchings
How amazing is Anton Walbrook? He steals almost every scene he's in.
Cassandra Maples
Neither war films nor romances rate amongst my favourite film genres. Colonel Blimp is both of these and has to rate as my runaway favourite film. Made in 1943… More