The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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The life of a soldier is shaped by the women he's loved, the wars he's faught, and a friendship that's strengthened with time in this classic drama. More

General Candy, who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

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1943Rating: NR163 minsUK
DramaRomanceWarClassic

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

It stands as very possibly the finest film ever made in Britain.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The movie looks past the fat, bald military man with the walrus moustache, and sees inside, to an idealist and a romantic. To know him is to love him.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Few British films from this period seem to mythologize the pre-war period of Churchill's youth and early career quite as potently.

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Total Film

Total Film

Its status as a national treasure is assured, thanks to Roger Livesey's protean lead turn, Deborah Kerr's three incarnations of his ideal woman and the mastery of the medium that typified The Archers at their height.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This glorious film is about the greatest mystery of all: how old people were once young, and how young people are in the process of becoming old.

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