Dad's Army (2016)



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It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then - to patrol the Dover army base - is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There's a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.

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Michael Gambon
as Private Godfrey
Bill Nighy
as Sergeant Wilson
Toby Jones
as Captain Mainwaring
Mark Gatiss
as Colonel Theakes
Tom Courtenay
as Lance Corporal Jones
Blake Harrison (II)
as Private Pike
Daniel Mays
as Private Walker
Bill Paterson
as Private Frazer
Ian Lavender
as Brigadier Pritchard
Frank Williams
as The Reverend Timothy Farthing
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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (4)

For fans of the original TV series, this reboot will feel like a disappointment. For everybody else, a pointless and easily avoidable misfire.

Feb 3, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a time-honored style of comedy, accessible to a broad audience, and it works on its own terms, without too many ill-advised attempts at modernization.

Jan 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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Even granddad has moved on from teatime comedy gags about jam roly-poly.

Jan 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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The question that suggests itself in response to all this is a spectral "Why ... ?"

Jan 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The comedy is a little too obvious, the plot is razor-thin and the story never takes advantage of its film-length running time, and often it feels like a normal episode stretched to breaking point.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not the Dad's Army we know -- it never could be -- but it's an affectionate and well-crafted homage that builds to a climax that is as funny as it is strangely stirring.

Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dad's Army

Faithful to the original in terms of casting but the plot is overly simplistic and guessable. Saying that though it's just an enjoyable film that doesn't try to do anything it knows it isn't supposed to.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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Wonderful...nothing more can be said about this classic. Basically an extended verion of the tv series but just lovely.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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Loved watching repeats of Dad's army as a child. Film is pretty funny aswell.

Sarah Gaish
Sarah Gaish

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