This movie features Beatle John Lennon and Roy Kinnear as ill-fated enlisted men under the inept command of Lieutenant Ernest Goodbody (Michael Crawford). The story unwinds mostly in flashbacks of Lieutenant Goodbody who has lower-class beginnings and education which make him a poor officer who commands one of the worst units of the Army.
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The intended concept of the movie was that archival black-and-white footage of each battle was to be tinted specific colors. The soldiers who died in that battle continue to accompany the unit silently with their uniforms now the color of the battle in which they died. However, when the final answer print was sent from the principal lab in England to the labs in Los Angeles subcontracted out to make the release prints, the Los Angeles labs assumed that the tinted footage was a mistake, and graded it back to black-and-white without notifying anyone until the whole batch was struck. The version of the movie shown on "Retroplex" from Starz has the battle scenes tinted different colors and the soldiers who die in a battle become that color. See more
No, I play the harmonica.
How I Won The War
Written by Ken Thorne
Performed by John Lennon
(as Musketeer Gripweed and The Third Troop) See more