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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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It's 1942 and the Nazis have occupied France. The Battle of Britain is being fought in the skies over London. The British have been routed at Dunkirk--and two army dentists have decided to launch their very own private invasion of France. Based on a true story, Sergeant Peter King of the Army Dental Corps, who's too old to fight, and Private Leslie Cuthbertson, a trainee dental mechanic in the Corps, are both thrown together by their passionate desire to see active service. Armed with just two revolvers and a dozen grenades, King persuades Cuthbertson to join him on a mission to Nazi occupied France.

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Kenneth Cranham
as Sgt. Peter King
Leo Bill
as Pvt. Leslie Cuthbertson
Rosanna Lavelle
as Emma Fraser
James Fleet
as Maj. Bates
Julian Glover
as Col. Hatchard
David Ryall
as Winston Churchill
Derek Jacobi
as Maj. Merton
Richard Sutton
as Pvt. Horrocks
Anthony O'Donnell
as Chief Armorer
Jason Round
as Soldier
Nick Miles
as Sgt. Mowat
Mossie Smith
as Mrs. Fraser
Christopher Villiers
as Dr. Oliver Holmes
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Critic Reviews for Two Men Went to War

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

Endearing little film.

June 4, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 2, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As straightforward as its title, delivering exactly what you would expect: a pleasant bit of stiff-upper-lip nostalgia with a touch of whimsy.

April 29, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

April 8, 2004 | Rating: C+

Wait for Two Men Went to War to go to the small screen.

March 26, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

A very amiable comedy.

March 26, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4

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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