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: June 10, 1943
DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Maybe the most wonderfully British movie ever made.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

says something wonderful about who we are when we're at our best.

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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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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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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

Each individual part is carefully built up and the film as a whole (if a trifle unsatisfying in retrospect) repays the evident care which has been lavished upon it.

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Fernando F. Croce

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

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Maybe the most essentially, urgently British of the 21 films Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger made together.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

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

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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
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
Jonathan Hutchings
How amazing is Anton Walbrook? He steals almost every scene he's in.
Tim Sigur
Great movie! You really have to respect the craftmanship that goes into this film. Every shot is gorgeous and you can see where directors like Martin Scorcese… More