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Two Men Went to War (2004)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

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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

Jan 10, 2006

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Endearing little film.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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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 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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More often than not, Two Men Went to War resembles a feature-length episode of Hogan's Heroes.

April 29, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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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 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Wait for Two Men Went to War to go to the small screen.

March 26, 2004
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A very amiable comedy.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Winds up as a charming little entertainment about two lovable, albeit misguided, patriots.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An enjoyable, amusing and unpretentious film about a couple of English eccentrics - dentists whose eccentricity is not evident until their actions gave them away.

July 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Well worth an evening invasion of the art house.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A mish-mashed historical drama sunk by its flattened tone... on the one hand clamorous and eventful but ultimately also quite tedious and tiresome.

May 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

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 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A simple dose of nostalgia like this goes down easily.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Here's something you wouldn't have thought possible after the gory realism of "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Thin Red Line": a sweet, whimsical little World War II film.

April 22, 2004 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A curiously feeble wartime comedy...to be filed under the heading of 'Might Have Beens.'

April 13, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

An understated charmer inspired by true events.

April 9, 2004
Reel.com

A delightful little comedy told with a great deal of warmth and charm. It's a unique kind of war story that may not win the war, but has no trouble winning over the audience.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Far from an anti-war film, Two Men is more in line with In Which We Serve (1942) than Oh! What a Lovely War (1969).

April 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The film -- although slight -- works wonderfully.

April 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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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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