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


-Captain Cash, reporting as ordered, sir!

-Oh, rest, Captain.

I don't mean ''parade rest.'' I mean rest!

Actually, I find this rather relaxing, sir.

Damn it to hell, Captain.

Sit down there, will you?

Rank has its privlleges, you know.

The general's aide is privlleged

to be at ease with his CO,

to find out he puts on his pants just

like any other human, one leg at a time.

-Do you want a drink?

-No, thank you, sir.

Privilege of command.

Now, Captain Cash, I have over here

a rather large problem.

-Come here.

-Yes, sir.

Now, there sits the little Sicilian

village of Valerno.

We just learned that it's being held

by an Italian force, company strength.

I don't have to tell you that

everything we've got is in the field.

My only available unit is Company C.

Now, the question is, do we bypass

Valerno or do we knock it out?

Well, going strictly by the book, sir,

we'd better...

-Wait a minute. Shove the book, Cash.

-Yes, sir.

They've got about as many decorations

as Goring times 10.

They're dead beat.

They're due for evacuation.

Now, what do you say?

-Knock them out, sir.

-They've got no leader, you know.

Captain Ellsworth Cody is en route

back to the States

and the lieutenant

who's now in charge is...

Well, I don't want to say he's unstable,

Now, what do you say?

Knock them out, sir.

Well, thanks for your help, Captain Cash,

and good luck.

-Good luck, sir?

-That's right.

I want to see what the book can do.

I'm putting you in command

of C Company.

Yes, sir! Very good, sir!

Yeah, well, we'll see how good it is.

Those are good men, Cash.

Don't waste any of them,

I'll do my best, sir!

-Oh. Wait a minute, Lionel.

-Yes, sir.

Would you do something for me?

Something very simple.



Hardly anybody ever

calls me that anymore,

except my mother and the president,

and I don't see much of them.

Just say to me, ''Good night, Max.''

Good night...

All right, all right.AII right, Cash.

That's all. You have things to do.

Good luck.

And welcome to

the brotherhood of command.

Thank you, sir.

Company C?

Company... Who's in charge here?

Ranking officer?

-Who's your ranking officer?

-Got me.

Who's in charge? Your ranking officer.

-We just work here.

-Who's your ranking officer?

Hey, back in line, buddy!

We all got our problems.

-Yeah, will you move on?

-Yeah, come on.

Soldier, yours are just beginning!

Now, what's your name?

-Sergeant Rizzo.

-Rizzo, huh?

Now, where the hell

is your ranking officer?

Hey, sweetheart, he's talking about you!

-You talking about me?

-I've just about had it!

Tell him your whole name, stupid.

Lieutenant Christian.

Lieutenant Jody Christian, serial number...

Can it!

and my first command to you

is to shape these men up.

I want soldiers at my back,

not this cruddy collection of ragpickers.

All leaves are canceled, Lieutenant.

I want these men shaped up!

I'm going now.

Didn't you forget something?

-What did we forget?

-Think. Think.

I think he wants a salute.

Thank you.

Valerno? What is this stuff about Valerno?

Captain, why don't we give them

a chance to surrender?

One man.

We'll send him into

the village with a flag of truce.

Lieutenant, I fully appreciate

the richness of your experience.

and we are going to take Valerno my way.

By the book! Understand?

Yes, your worship.

-What was that?


Captain Fausto Oppo at your service.

-Do you surrender?

-What the hell do you mean, surrender?

Do not get excited, Captain.

I was merely asking.

-We'd rather die than surrender!


Oh, ridiculous! Ask me to surrender!

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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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