Two Men Went to War2004
Two Men Went to War (2004)
Critic Consensus: Two Men Went to War bungles an incredible fact-based story on a frustratingly uneven dramatization that turns wartime heroism into middling dramedy.
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as Sgt. Peter King
as Pvt. Leslie Cuthbertson
as Emma Fraser
as Maj. Bates
as Col. Hatchard
as SM Dudley
as Winston Churchill
as Maj. Merton
as Pvt. Horrocks
as Chief Armorer
as Sgt. Mowat
as Mrs. Fraser
as Dr. Oliver Holmes
Critic Reviews for Two Men Went to War
Henderson's warm and toasty little gem of a film, slight though it may be, reminds you that the Greatest Generation, full of vim, vigor, and -- most important -- an indefatigable sense of purpose, grew up on both sides of the Big Pond.
As straightforward as its title, delivering exactly what you would expect: a pleasant bit of stiff-upper-lip nostalgia with a touch of whimsy.
The mission, which the soldiers codenamed Operation Mad Dog, would have been delicious as a documentary, but director John Henderson goes for an antic Two Stooges Abroad approach.
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Audience Reviews for Two Men Went to War
What an unexpected delight is this true-ish wartime tale of two army dentists determined to do something for the war effort. A grizzled WW1 Sergeant and callow private go AWOL, heading for Cornwall and then to France armed with a rucksack of grenades, a couple of pistols and the odd dental tool. Possessing a comic lightness of touch rarely seen in Britain since the halcyon days of the Ealing comedies, this wonderful tale of British eccentricity is hilariously funny mainly because it never goes for the obvious laugh. Realisitic enough that the adventure is frequently nerve-wracking, with a splendid plot that constantly wrongfoots your guesses, the mismatched comic pair of Kenneth Cranham and Leo Bill work brilliantly. Filmed in vibrant colours so rarely seen in a British film, the movie succeeds way beyond its modest ambitions. It's the rare sort of film that banishes the blues and puts you in a good mood that lasts for ages afterwards. What more can you ask from a film than that?
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