Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)
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World War II: What if Nazis seized London and all of England had to band together? When scarily campy Nazi leaders invade by drilling under the English Channel and up through the cobblestones on Whitehall, Churchill leaves his quiet retirement with a cat that looks like Hitler to issue a call to arms from his bunker under Downing Street. Chris, a young farm worker with large hands, rallies the village to fight the good fight -- including an alcoholic Vicar, the oldest man in the town, several idiots, a random Frenchman and Bobby Fiske, a swearing American who believes he's battling Russia. -- (C) New Video … More
as Adolph Hitler
as Hermann Goering
as Winston Churchill
as Joseph Goebbels
as Heinrich Himmler
as Billy Fiske
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Critic Reviews for Jackboots on Whitehall
A refreshing offering of comedic insanity. The movie tuckers out quickly, but when its mix of chaos and slapstick comes together, it makes for a highly enjoyable curiosity.
For sheer oddity value this creation of filmmaking brothers Edward and Rory McHenry must rank as some kind of collector's item.
A thoroughly mirthless, baby-brained attempt to apply the gross-out humour of Team America to an alternate history of the Second World War via an unfunny script and risible voice acting from a cast that should know better.
The film?s real undoing is the weak script. Dominated by tired racial stereotypes, it?s as if the McHenry brothers have watched too many old episodes of ?Allo ?Allo.
It's all deeply silly, but agreeably so with some smart one-liners, tongue-incheek humour and nobody taking themselves too seriously.
Sadly plumps for lowest-common-denominator idiocy of the let's-put-Hitler-in-a-frilly-dress variety.
It tries to both celebrate and lampoon British culture and spirit at the same time, only the end result is surprisingly flat.
The Dad's Army premise is undermined by a limp script and soggy Braveheart pastiche, although the strong voice cast prevent disaster.
A notable voice cast, including Ewan McGregor and Timothy Spall, makes very little mark at all. Profoundly silly, it should be. Pointless, it shouldn't.
If you've ever admired Zulu, enjoyed Thunderbirds, laughed at Dad's Army and Spitting Image or played with an Airfix kit, then this is the film for you.
A fun and diverting 90 minutes of puppet chaos made with care, love and some impressively detailed old-school model work.
Jackboots is a film for anyone who played with Action Man, Barbie, Airfix kits or Hornby model railways as a child.
Realised through animated puppets it will inevitably be compared to Team America:World Police, a likeness that does it no favours.
The attention to detail that have been lavished on the models hasn't been applied to the script and the final plot swerves reeks more of desperation than a satisfying conclusion.
A crudely made, low budget animation that exceeds expectations by providing a surprising amount of laughs for a more mature audience.
Audience Reviews for Jackboots on Whitehall
Nazis invade London by tunneling under the English Channel in this alternate history comedy acted out with action figures. It's an appealingly baked concept, but the jokes are embarrassingly silly (Hitler in a chiffon gown!)More
In this reality, England was unable to evacuate its troops from Dunkirk in 1940, leaving it almost totally defenseless with the exception of the Home Guard which includes Chris who was exempted from military service due to having hands that are too large. Regardless, the Home Guard proves amazingly effective in fighting off the Hindenburg. Since the high road does not work, the dastardly Nazis instead take the low road by tunneling directly to London, forcing Winston Churchill to retreat to *gasp* Scotland.
As much a fan as I am of alternate history stories, the bare production values of the animated "Jackboots on Whitehall," especially in comparison to the excellent vocal talent(Is it just me or is Timothy Spall making a career of playing Winston Churchill while waiting for Mike Leigh's phone call?), makes it hard to like it at first.(Look, I'm not big on production values but when it appears the guy from "Marwencol" could have done a better job...) It eventually does get better, throwing in pretty much every imaginable thing and accent it can think of, thankfully holding off on the pop culture references as long as possible. For the record, the Hindenburg is here probably just because it looks cool. But then there is how Scotland is depicted which goes beyond stereotypes with one moment that really made me cringe.
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