In the Powell and Pressburger classic The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, Roger Livesey brilliantly portrays British officer Clive Candy, through the trials and tribulations of three wars, three loves and a lifelong friendship across enemy lines. During the Boer War, Candy is sent to Berlin to trap a German spy. There he befriends a German Officer, Theo (Anton Walbrook), who marries the girl (Deborah Kerr) Candy is in love with. During the First World War, Candy marries a girl who resembles his lost love and helps Theo - now a POW - to be repatriated. Candy comes back in the Second World War as a Brigadier General and once again encounters Theo. On joining a Home Guard exercise, Candy is captured, however, and the two are forced to either aid or betray each other...
This special edition also features the 25-minute documentary A Profile of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, which includes interviews with Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff, Powell and Pressburger biographer Ian Christie and fan of the film Stephen Fry.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Livesey ... Clive Candy
Deborah Kerr ... Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Johnny Cannon
Anton Walbrook ... Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
Roland Culver ... Col. Betteridge
James McKechnie ... Spud Wilson
Albert Lieven ... von Ritter
Arthur Wontner ... Embassy Counsellor
David Hutcheson ... Hoppy
Ursula Jeans ... Frau von Kalteneck
John Laurie ... Murdoch
Harry Welchman ... Major Davies
Reginald Tate ... van Zijl
A.E. Matthews ... President of Tribunal
Carl Jaffe ... von Reumann (as Carl Jaffé)
Valentine Dyall ... von Schönborn
Also known as The Adventures of Colonel Blimp (1945) (USA)
Colonel Blimp (1945) (USA)
Runtime: 163 min (later cut to ca 140 min & then 120 min)
This is the full, uncut edition.
Color: Color (Technicolor)
If you like this, you'll like A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven) and A Canterbury Tale