Jackboots on Whitehall

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Jackboots on Whitehall
Jackboots poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Edward McHenry
Rory McHenry
Produced by
Written by Edward McHenry
Rory McHenry
Distributed by Dimension Films/The Weinstein Company (U.S.) Vertigo Films (UK)
Release dates
  • 20 June 2010 (2010-06-20) (EIFF)
  • 8 October 2010 (2010-10-08) (United Kingdom)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $6,000,000[1]
Box office $20,776[2]

Jackboots on Whitehall is a 2010 British satirical action comedy film portraying an alternate history of the Second World War, in which Nazi Germany has seized London, causing the British to band together at Hadrian's Wall if they are to thwart the German invasion.[3] This is the first film of its kind to feature animatronic puppets and the voices of well-known British actors including Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall, Richard O'Brien and Richard Griffiths.[4] The film was executive produced by Frank Mannion.[5] The film was released in the United Kingdom on 8 October 2010.[6]


In 1940, the Nazi enemy invades Great Britain by drilling under the English Channel and up through the cobblestones on Whitehall. In London, from his bunker under Downing Street, Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall) issues a call to arms for all of Britain to band together to resist the invaders. In a small village, Chris (Ewan McGregor), a young farm worker rallies the residents to fight back. Joining forces with Churchill's small group of soldiers, the resistance movement retreats to Hadrian's Wall where the unlikely saviours of the country come from the Scottish highlands.


As appearing in Jackboots on Whitehall, (main speaking roles and screen credits identified):[7]

Cast notes[edit]

In using real-life characters to embody a more accurate portrayal, some characters are easily recognizable.[8] While Battle of Britain hero and American pilot Billy Fiske appears, he embodies the characteristics of screen legend Clark Gable.[9] Spall had previously portrayed Churchill in The King's Speech.

The characters were sculpted accurately to portray real historical figures.
The models of military equipment and weapons were likewise realistic.


Writer-directors Edward and Rory McHenry poured an enormous amount of effort into the animatronic creations and models, known as “supermarionation” that featured accurately rendered period uniforms, architecture and military equipment.[10] With a focus on the actual period of the Battle of Britain, the following aircraft models were essential to the depiction of the alternative history:

In addition, the following models were also featured:


Reviews were mixed; Robbie Collin, of the News Of The World, gave the film 4 stars summarising it as "Stupid, throwaway nonsense - and that's the whole idea".[11]Total Film Magazine also gave the film 4 stars stating "Jackboots wittily merges war flick iconography, Inglorious revisionism and Team America silliness to create a hilarious, endearing one-off".[12]

While The Guardian praised the "impressive all-star vocal cast" in Jackboots on Whitehall, and called it a "labour of love" by its writer-directors, concluded it was "amiably intentioned but desperately weak in terms of script" comparing it unfavourably with Wallace and Gromit and Team America: World Police.[10] Other reviews were of a similar nature; the review in The Telegraph characterized the film as "an enterprising comedy but ultimately a boorish overkill."[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0915463/business
  2. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&id=_fJACKBOOTSONWHITE01
  3. ^ Chapman, Matt. "Jackboots On Whitehall." Total Film, 21 February 2011. Retrieved: 23 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Puppet love for Jackboots On Whitehall: Britain’s answer to Team America." Total Film, 8 December 2006. Retrieved: 23 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Jackboots on Whitehall." Screenrush.com, 14 August 2009. Retrieved: 23 June 2012.
  6. ^ Vertigo Films production notes
  7. ^ "Credits:Jackboots on Whitehall." The New York Times. Retrieved: 23 June 2012.
  8. ^ Etier, Bob. "Barbie vs. Hitler: Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)." technorati.com, 3 August 31, 2011. Retrieved: 20 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Film: Jackboots On Whitehall." TV Tropes Foundation, LLC. Retrieved: 20 October 2012.
  10. ^ a b Bradshaw, Peter. "Review: Jackboots on Whitehall." The Guardian, 7 October 2010. Retrieved: 23 June 2012.
  11. ^ Collin, Robbie. "Jackboots On Whitehall (12A)." News of the World, 3 October 2010.
  12. ^ Smith, Neil. "Jackboots On Whitehall." Total Film, 11 October 2010. Retrieved: 23 June 2012.
  13. ^ Robey, Tim. "Jackboots on Whitehall, review By Tim." The Telegraph, 7 October 2010. Retrieved: 23 June 2012.

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