PG certificateOh! What a Lovely War is a Film programme that first aired in 1969 and has been classified a PG certificate.

Oh! What a Lovely War is a 3 star programme

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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Directed by
Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough's directorial debut was this Bafta award-winning adaptation of Joan Greenwood's anti-war musical satire for the stage, which uses music hall songs from the time of the Great War to highlight and counterpoint its stupidity, horrors and waste. Shot largely in Brighton, including the now-derelict West Pier, the stylised narrative both tells the conflict's history from the lofty, disconnected viewpoint of Europe's political leaders and their generals, and also demonstrates the war's human costs via the experiences of one ordinary British family, the Smiths, who are fated to feel the full brunt of the carnage. The cast's galaxy of stars includes Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, John Mills, Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, Maggie Smith, Susannah York, Ian Holm, Edward Fox, Dirk Bogarde, Kenneth More and Vanessa, Corin and Michael Redgrave.

Written by ,

Genre: Film

Running Time: 135 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1969

3/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour

When is Oh! What a Lovely War next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 November 11th, 11:00am and on Film4 Plus 1 November 11th, 12:00pm. See more...


Wendy Alnutt...Flo Smith
Image for Colin FarrellColin Farrell...Harry Smith
Malcolm McFee...Freddie Smith
John Rae...Grandpa Smith
Corin Redgrave...Bertie Smith
Image for Maurice RoëvesMaurice Roëves...George Smith
Paul Shelley...Jack Smith
Kim Smith...Dickie Smith
Angela Thorne...Betty Smith
Mary Wimbush...Mary Smith
Vincent Ball...Australian Soldier
Pia Colombo...Estaminet Singer
Paul Daneman...Czar Nicholas II
Isabel Dean...Sir John French's Lady
Christian Doermer...Fritz