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Two Men Went To War

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Synopsis

Based on a true story, Sergeant Peter King (Kenneth Cranham) of the Army Dental Corps, too old to fight, and Private Leslie Cuthbertson (Leo Bill), a trainee dental mechanic in the Corps, are thrown together by their passionate desire to see active service. Armed with just two revolvers and a dozen grenades, King persuades Cuthbertson to join him on a mission to occupied France.

In a letter to Winston Churchill, King explains their intention to invade France and fight the Germans. After a number of failed attempts, they finally arrive by boat and stumble across a German radar station. They succeed in blowing up what they believe to be the main Operations Room, but are soon forced to make their escape as the entire compound unexpectedly erupts with gunfire and explosions. After narrow escapes from the Germans and a stray mine in the Channel, the two men are picked up at sea and interrogated as spies.

Identified as deserters, they are returned to their barracks to be court martialled. At the eleventh hour King and Cuthbertson are saved by the arrival of Major Merton (Derek Jacobi), Churchill's Chief Intelligence Advisor. Their letter has been received in Whitehall and Merton corroborates their heroic story. Exonerated of lying, King and Cuthbertson are nevertheless reprimanded by the Court for their behaviour, but receive an invitation to tea with the Prime Minister should they ever be in Whitehall.

Details

Year
2003
Type of film
Features
Running Time
109 mins
Format
35mm
Director
John Henderson
Producer
Christopher Villiers, Richard Everett
Co-Producer
Sally French
Editor
David Yardley
Screenwriter
Richard Everett, Christopher Villiers
Director of Photography
John Ignatius
Sound
Ian Voigt
Music
Richard Harvey
Principal Cast
Kenneth Cranham, Leo Bill, Derek Jacobi, James Fleet

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Production Company

Two Men Went To War Ltd
Little Wing Films
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London W1V 4JZ
UK

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Company

Park Entertainment Ltd
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London W1S 2YT
UK

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