Dad's Army

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"At last! Their epic story invades the Big Screen!"
  • G
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 6.9  (3,572)

Dad's Army is a classic British comedy film from 1971, adapted from the immensely popular TV series of the same name. The movie is set during World War II in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, and follows the antics of the local Home Guard unit as they prepare to defend their town against invasion. The film is a lighthearted tribute to the men and women who served in the Home Guard during the war, portraying them as bumbling yet lovable characters who are determined to do their bit for their country despite their limited training and resources.

At the heart of the story are the members of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard unit, who are led by Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), a pompous bank manager who takes his duties as head of the unit very seriously. He is assisted by his loyal but long-suffering second-in-command, Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier), who is constantly trying to smooth over Mainwaring's mistakes and keep the peace within the group.

Other members of the Home Guard include the elderly Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn), who is always ready to brandish his bayonet and shout his famous catchphrase "Don't panic!", and the young and eager Private Frazer (John Laurie), who is always ready to suggest ways to outsmart the enemy.

The film is full of hilarious set pieces, such as when the Home Guard tries to capture a German spy who has been spotted in the town, only to end up chasing each other around in the dark, mistaking each other for the enemy. There's also a memorable scene where the Home Guard has to rescue airmen who have crashed their plane on the beach, but ends up getting stuck in the sand themselves.

Throughout the film, there is a sense of camaraderie and community spirit among the characters, who are all united in their determination to protect their town and their way of life from the threat of invasion. The film also touches on more serious themes, such as the fear and uncertainty that people felt during the war, as well as the sacrifices that were made by ordinary citizens in order to defend their country.

Dad's Army is a charming and nostalgic look back at a time when ordinary people were called upon to do extraordinary things, and it remains a beloved classic of British comedy to this day. With its memorable characters, witty dialogue, and heartwarming story, it's a film that is sure to make viewers laugh and feel good about the human spirit.

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    6.9  (3,572)