Oh! What A Lovely War
Oh! What A Lovely War (1969)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: October 3, 1969
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert

It is an elaborately staged tableau, a dazzling use of the camera to achieve essentially theatrical effects. And judged on that basis, Richard Attenborough has given us a breathtaking evening.

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Variety Staff

Dedicated, exhilarating, shrewd, mocking, funny, emotional, witty, poignant and technically brilliant.

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Total Film

It's a mammoth shame that this film has slipped down the back of the sofa of movie history.

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Chris Petit
Time Out

An often too-clever, sometimes moving piece.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

The huge potential of this all-star vehicle was mainly squandered through a lack of subtlety or irony.

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Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK

This 1969 classic features some top names from movie history, including the late Laurence Olivier and British greats Maggie Smith and Ian Holm, and impressively staged music hall songs.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[Attenborough] has chosen to make a big, elaborate, sometimes realistic film whose elephantine physical proportions and often brilliant all-star cast simply overwhelm the material with a surfeit of good intentions.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Stylised, satirical and ultimately moving.

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TV Guide

Richard Attenborough's directorial debut is a sprawling, highly stylized musical satire of WWI featuring some of Britain's very finest actors.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A strange and interesting Great War film that presents the conflict as, among other things, a garish seaside carnival to which everyone wanted a ticket. More… More
Marcus Woolcott
A war film unlike any other.