What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?

Synopsis: A by-the-book captain is ordered to capture a strategic village in Italy. The Italian soldiers are willing to surrender, if they can have a festival first. The lieutenant convinces the captain this is the only way. Because of aerial reconnaissance, they must look like they are fighting. To sort this out an intelligence officer is sent in. Meanwhile the festival gets complicated with the mayor's daughter.
Genre: Comedy, War
Director(s): Blake Edwards
Production: United Artists
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

-Well, will you surrender?

-But of course!

You... Excuse me.

-You really surrender?

-But of course.

But please, Captain,

let us savor this moment.

and the moment of surrender...

-Listen, we have a song for you.


-No, wait...

-We have been expecting you for weeks.

-Captain! Captain, please!

-My children.

The eyes of Texas are upon you


All the live long day

The eyes of Texas are upon you

You cannot get away

Captain! Captain!


-You don't like it?

No. No, the song is fine.

Captain... Captain...

Well, this is my village

and these are my children.

Marvelous, just marvelous. Now, we...

-Yes, excuse me. We...

-Excuse me.

We fully, really, really appreciate the song.

But if you'll just round up your men,

we'll move out. Avanti, everybody!

-No, no, no, out? Do you mean...

-Yes, immediately.

-No, no, no, it's impossible.


-He said it's impossible.

-I know what he said, Christian.

-Then we agree. Why are we arguing?

-Because you have...

Because you have already surrendered,

you know.

-You don't want us to surrender?

-Of course. Of course, I do.

-Well, I surrender!

-All right, then move them out. Everybody!

-Captain, he's trying to tell us something.


Will you keep out of this?

Excuse me. Captain...

Captain Oppo, you...

Yes, very good.

Now, we're making definite progress.

Now, if you have surrendered,

it means that I...

-I am in command, huh?

-But of course, we have agreed, Captain.

Splendid. Now, if I am in charge,

I command you, Captain Oppo,

Captain, it's impossible!

First, there is the matter of the festival.

-The festival?

-Yes, tonight.

There will be drinking,

there will be singing,

there will be dancing in the streets.

I cannot with hold from them such bliss.

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William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty (January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017) was an American writer and filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay of its film adaptation. He also wrote and directed the sequel The Exorcist III. After the success of The Exorcist, Blatty reworked Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane! (1960) into a new novel titled The Ninth Configuration, published in 1978. Two years later, Blatty adapted the novel into a film of the same title and won Best Screenplay at the 1981 Golden Globe Awards. Some of his other notable works are the novels Elsewhere (2009), Dimiter (2010) and Crazy (2010). Born and raised in New York City, Blatty received his bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University in 1950, and his master's degree in English literature from the George Washington University. Following completion of his master's degree in 1954, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked in the Psychological Warfare Division. After service in the air force, he worked for the United States Information Agency in Beirut. more…

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