History Film / ItHappenedHere

29th Aug '16 11:08:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShownTheirWork: On one occasion a group of [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Bundeswehr]] tank officers training in Britain were surprised to see German WW2 soldiers marching through Parliament Square; they inspected the troops and pronounced them "absolutely correct".

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* ShownTheirWork: On one occasion a group of [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Bundeswehr]] tank officers training in Britain were surprised to see German WW2 soldiers marching through Parliament Square; they inspected the troops and pronounced them "absolutely correct".
9th Jun '16 4:38:43 PM nombretomado
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The concept of the film was first developed in 1956 by eighteen year-old Kevin Brownlow, and was eight years in the making -- the longest ever production schedule to date according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It had a cast of hundreds; all volunteers with only two professional actors among them. While trying to find WW2 uniforms for the film Brownlow met sixteen-year old history buff Andrew Mollo, and the two decided to work together on the project. Brownlow would later become a prominent film historian and Mollo a leading military historian. ''It Happened Here'' also launched the career of cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, who went on to such films as ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' and ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.

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The concept of the film was first developed in 1956 by eighteen year-old Kevin Brownlow, and was eight years in the making -- the longest ever production schedule to date according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It had a cast of hundreds; all volunteers with only two professional actors among them. While trying to find WW2 uniforms for the film Brownlow met sixteen-year old history buff Andrew Mollo, and the two decided to work together on the project. Brownlow would later become a prominent film historian and Mollo a leading military historian. ''It Happened Here'' also launched the career of cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, who went on to such films as ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' and ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
9th Jun '15 7:45:07 PM LtFedora
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* StateSec

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* StateSecStateSec: The Immediate Action Organization, which is an entirely British group belonging to the SS.
5th Apr '15 1:55:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* PuttingOnTheReich: Justified, of course, by Britain actually being under German occupation.
29th Dec '14 11:48:39 AM TheUnsquished
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* NewscasterCameo: Veteran wartime [[TheBBC BBC]] radio announcers Alvar Lidell and John Snagge gave their services free to voice reconstructed {{newsreel}}s and radio broadcasts.

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* NewscasterCameo: Veteran wartime [[TheBBC [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] radio announcers Alvar Lidell and John Snagge gave their services free to voice reconstructed {{newsreel}}s and radio broadcasts.
14th Nov '14 4:26:20 AM Odon
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** Even more appalling when realize that Colin Jordan, the man playing him, was a ''real'' British fascist.

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** Even more appalling when you realize that Colin Jordan, the man playing him, was a ''real'' British fascist.
14th Nov '14 4:23:13 AM Odon
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* LesCollaborateurs: Subverts the popular view that only self-serving opportunists and power-hungry fanatics would work with an invading force.


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* LesCollaborateurs: Subverts the popular view that only self-serving opportunists and power-hungry fanatics would work with an invading force.
14th Nov '14 4:22:50 AM Odon
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* BritishNazis: For once justified. There are even actual British Nazis!
5th Aug '14 10:35:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ExecutiveMeddling: United Artists cut seven minutes of film showing British fascist leader Colin Jordan exposing his views. It took over thirty years for Kevin Brownlow to regain the rights to the film so it could be released as originally intended.



* NoBudget: The reason why the movie took so long to make. The Internet Movie Database estimates the total budget as $20,000. The cast was filled with amateurs or professionals working for free. Creator/StanleyKubrick donated film stock left over from [[DoctorStrangelove ''Dr. Strangelove'']]. Gill and Brownlow borrowed equipment. Colin Jordan and the other real-life British fascists got their controversial parts in the movie because Gill and Brownlow couldn't afford to pay actors.
19th Apr '14 5:58:05 AM Odon
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An AlternateHistory film, set in a [[WorldWarTwo Nazi-occupied Britain]], that explores the moral slippery slope leading to collaboration.

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An AlternateHistory film, film set in a [[WorldWarTwo Nazi-occupied Britain]], that explores the moral slippery slope leading to collaboration.
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