Two Men Went to War

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Two Men Went to War bungles an incredible fact-based story on a frustratingly uneven dramatization that turns wartime heroism into middling dramedy.

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An aging sergeant (Kenneth Cranham) and a young private (Leo Bill) go absent without leave during World War II.

Cast & Crew

Kenneth Cranham
Sgt. Peter King
Leo Bill
Pvt. Leslie Cuthbertson
Derek Jacobi
Maj. Merton
James Fleet
Maj. Bates
Julian Glover
Col. Hatchard
David Ryall
Winston Churchill
Richard Everett
Writer (Screenplay)
Annie Barooah
Producer
Robert Bevan
Executive Producer
Richard Harvey
Original Music
John Ignatius
Cinematographer
David Yardley
Film Editor
Sophie Becher
Production Designer
Jill Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Two Men Went to War

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (12)

Audience Reviews for Two Men Went to War

  • Sep 14, 2010
    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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