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Hail the Conquering Hero

Preston Sturges / US, 1943 / 101 min.

‘The dialogue explodes like fireworks’, wrote film critic Pauline Kael about Preston Sturges’ ironic look at America’s hero worship. Comedy star Eddie Bracken plays the young navy man discharged due to hay fever who receives a hero’s welcome.

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America is embroiled in World War II and Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith enthusiastically enlists with the navy. Declared medically unfit inside a month due to hay fever, he has no choice but to return home in dishonour. Six veterans, who survived the battle for Guadalcanal, help Truesmith out by turning him into a war hero.

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This movie is suitable for all ages

Director

Preston Sturges

Production year

1943

Country

US

Original title

Hail the Conquering Hero

Length

101 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

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Written and Directed by Preston Sturges

Preston Sturges is one of Hollywood’s Big Names. He took the thirties screwball comedy genre to new heights, with dialogue that still sounds surprisingly natural and mature today.

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