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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

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Cast

Alan Cumming
as Adolph Hitler
Richard Griffiths
as Hermann Goering
Timothy Spall
as Winston Churchill
Tom Wilkinson
as Joseph Goebbels
Richard O'Brien
as Heinrich Himmler
Dominic West
as Billy Fiske
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Critic Reviews for Jackboots on Whitehall

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1)

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.

October 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

July 26, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
BrianOrndorf.com

For sheer oddity value this creation of filmmaking brothers Edward and Rory McHenry must rank as some kind of collector's item.

October 11, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Daily Express (UK)

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.

October 11, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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.

October 11, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
SFX Magazine

It's all deeply silly, but agreeably so with some smart one-liners, tongue-incheek humour and nobody taking themselves too seriously.

October 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Daily Mirror (UK)

Audience Reviews for Jackboots on Whitehall

It's hard to believe Jackboots on Whitehall isn't amazing, but, it's true. In fact I fell asleep.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

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!)

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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