Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came

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Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came - 1970 - Poster.png
1970 theatrical poster
Directed by Hy Averback
Produced by Fred Engel
Written by Hal Captain
Don McGuire
Starring Brian Keith
Ernest Borgnine
Suzanne Pleshette
Tony Curtis
Music by Jerry Fielding
Cinematography Burnett Guffey
Edited by John F. Burnett
Distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • September 11, 1970 (1970-09-11)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,600,000[1]
Box office $1,080,000[1]

Suppose They Gave A War and Nobody Came (also known as War Games, Old Soldiers Never) is a 1970 feature film.

The plot is a mixture of comic and dramatic elements and concerns the reactions of a number of World War II veterans to the contemporary US Army.

Directed by Hy Averback and produced by Fred Engel, the film's cast includes Brian Keith, Don Ameche, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Suzanne Pleshette, Ivan Dixon and Pamela Britton.

The title is derived from an American anti-war slogan from the hippie subculture during the Vietnam War era, popularized by Charlotte E. Keyes in her 1966 article for McCall's magazine titled "Suppose They Gave a War and No One Came".[2][3]


Col. Flanders commands a U.S. Army base in the South. To improve relations with the locals, he decides to throw a community dance. He gives the assignment to Warrant Officer Nace, sergeants Gambroni and Jones and a captain, Myerson.

A bigot named Billy Joe Davis is a big man in town, backed by Harve, a redneck sheriff. Harve considers a pretty barfly, Ramona, to be his girl, so when he catches her and Gambroni together, he has the sergeant placed under arrest for lewd conduct in public.

Nace is drunk and of no help. Jones, who is black, is refused a loan by Kruft, a banker in town, so in anger he decides to spring Gambroni from jail. Billy Joe retaliates by calling in his armed militia, so Nace steals a tank from the base and fights back. Harve takes three of the soldiers as his prisoners.

Nace and Jones (in the tank) manage to arrive at the town where they wreak havoc by running over the stone statue of a Confederate war hero and ram-crash into the local jail enabling Gambroni to break out.

By the time the dust settles, Col. Flanders and his men have arrived in town to save the day. The town mayor fires the sheriff for abuse of authority and the military pledge to repair the damage caused by the tank.



The movie earned rentals of $630,000 in North America and $450,000 in other countries, recording an overall loss of $4,160,000.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, May 31, 1973 p 3
  2. ^ Allan, Kenneth. (2006). Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory: Visualizing Social Worlds. Pine Forge Press: Thousand Oaks, California. pgs 348-349
  3. ^ "Suppose They Gave a War and No One Came". McCall's. October 1966. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 

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