The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Synopsis: Portrays in warm-hearted detail the life and loves of one extraordinary man. We meet the imposingly rotund General Clive Wynne-Candy, a blustering old duffer who seems the epitome of stuffy, outmoded values. Traveling backwards 40 years we see a different man altogether: the young and dashing officer "Sugar" Candy. Through a series of relationships with three women and his lifelong friendship with a German officer, we see Candy's life unfold and come to understand how difficult it is for him to adapt his sense of military honor to modern notions of "total war."
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Production: Archers
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
163 min

- It doesn't start till midnight.

- That's what you think.

- That girl under the desk, she's a prisoner too.

- Sir.

All right, boys, this is it.

Brute force and ruddy ignorance!

Come on. After him! Double up.

(Telephone buzzes)

You're a prisoner.

Guard this man.

And answer that damn telephone!

Yes? Yes, miss? Warn General Wynne-Candy?

Can't do that, miss.

Sorry, miss.

The General's a prisoner, and so are you.

Oh! The war's over.

(Confused shouting)


Are you the ringleader of this outrage?

Quiet, please!

This is an Army exercise. You're all prisoners.

Now, stay where you are.

- Come here. Where's General Wynne-Candy?

- Who, sir?

- You heard.

- In the steam room.

Come on, then, show me the way. Go on.

This is it.



Go away.

General Wynne-Candy?


What? Who is it?

Lieutenant Wilson,

2nd Battalion, the Loamshires, sir.

What do you want?

Well, sir... I'm afraid, sir, we've...

Well, say it, man, say it. I've no time to waste.

Oh, yes, you have, sir.

I beg your pardon, sir?

You've got all night, sir.


I'm afraid he can't come.


- He's a prisoner, sir.

- What's going on here?

Invasion, sir.

But, you damned young idiot,

war starts at midnight.

- Haventyou been told?

- Oh, yes, sir. That's why we're here.

But may I ask on what authority?

On the authority of these guns and these men.

Authority?! Authority?!

How dare you, sir! How dare you!

Get out of here, sir,

you and your gang of awful militia gangsters.

Get out!

- Popeye. Guard this man. Stuffy?

- Sir?

Go to the cubicles. Find the General's.

You'll find a pigskin case there.

Yes, sir.

But you can't do that!

Look, the code is in that case.

The whole exercise'll be a farce

- ifyou have that code.

- Oh, no, sir. This is going to be the real thing.

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Michael Powell

Michael Latham Powell (30 September 1905 – 19 February 1990) was an English film director, celebrated for his partnership with Emeric Pressburger. Through their production company "The Archers", they together wrote, produced and directed a series of classic British films, notably 49th Parallel (1941), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Matter of Life and Death (1946, also called Stairway to Heaven), Black Narcissus (1947), The Red Shoes (1948), and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951). His later controversial 1960 film Peeping Tom, while today considered a classic, and a contender as the first "slasher", was so vilified on first release that his career was seriously damaged.Many film-makers such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and George A. Romero have cited Powell as an influence. In 1981, he received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award along with his partner Pressburger, the highest honour the British Film Academy can give a filmmaker. more…

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