Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (film)

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Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall
Adolf Hitler - My Part in His Downfall.jpg
Theatrical release poster.
Directed by Norman Cohen
Produced by Norman Cohen
Greg Smith
Written by Spike Milligan
Johnny Byrne
Norman Cohen
Starring Jim Dale
Arthur Lowe
Bill Maynard
Tony Selby
Geoffrey Hughes
John Forgeham
Spike Milligan
Pat Coombs
Windsor Davies
Bob Todd
Jim Norton
Music by Wilfred Burns
Ed Welch
Spike Milligan
Cinematography Terry Maher
Edited by Tony Lenny
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
102 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall is a 1973 film adaptation of the first volume of Spike Milligan's autobiography. It starred Jim Dale as the young Terence "Spike" Milligan, while Milligan himself played the part of his father, Leo.[1] Dale was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for his performance.


Aspiring jazz musician Terence "Spike" Milligan reluctantly obeys his call-up and joins the Royal Artillery regiment at Bexhill-on-Sea, where he begins training to take part in World War II. But along the way Spike and his friends get involved in many amusing - and some not-so amusing - scrapes.


The film is based on the first volume of Milligan's war memoirs. Although it broadly follows Milligan's book, some scenes were created specifically for the film and all of the character names (apart from the Milligan family) are fictional.



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