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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp


Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

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About the Movie

The passions and pitfalls of a lifetime in the military are dramatized in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s magnificent epic,The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. The film follows the exploits of pristine British soldier Clive Candy (Roger Livesey) as he battles to maintain his honor and proud gentlemanly conduct through romance, three wars, and a changing world. Vibrant and controversial, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is at once a romantic portrait of a career soldier and a pointed investigation into the nature of aging, friendship, and obsolescence.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 9.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger collaboration so unambiguously satirizing the military mind-set that Prime Minister Winston Churchill tried to have it banned. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Nov 15, 2011

Fresh: The movie looks past the fat, bald military man with the walrus moustache, and sees inside, to an idealist and a romantic. To know him is to love him. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 20, 2006

Fresh: This glorious film is about the greatest mystery of all: how old people were once young, and how young people are in the process of becoming old. – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, May 17, 2012

Fresh: Staggering and heartbreaking. Still. – Wally Hammond, Little White Lies, May 17, 2012

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Customer Reviews


Splendid acting and riveting story of honor , decency and abiding friendship. One of the great movies of the WWII era.


This is one of the best ant-war movies most americans have never seen,but we brits know of it,also the Archers productions have also done some other glorious picturs such as Black Narscisus and the Red Shoes:Please,might itunes add "A Matter of life and Death",or in the american named version which i do not like is "Stairway to Heaven"? brilliant work and the technicolour is remarkable.

Fantastic Story!

If you love other phenomenal Powell & Pressburger films like The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus, you'll love this fun and heartfelt story.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1943

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