Soft Beds, Hard Battles

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Soft Beds, Hard Battles
"Soft Beds, Hard Battles" (1974).jpg
Directed by Roy Boulting
Produced by John Boulting
Roy Boulting
Written by Roy Boulting & Leo Marks from an idea by Maurice Moisiewitsch
Starring Peter Sellers
Curd Jurgens
Lila Kedrova
Music by Neil Rhoden
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Edited by Martin Charles
Distributed by Fox-Rank (UK)
Release date
January 1974 (1974-01) (UK)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Soft Beds, Hard Battles is a 1974 British comedy film directed by Roy Boulting, starring Peter Sellers in several roles, and with an all-star cast, including Curt Jurgens, Lila Kedrova and Jenny Hanley. Sellers reunited with the Boulting brothers for this farce, in which the women of a brothel help the war effort to rid the world of the Nazi peril - in the bedroom.[1] The film took a limited release; in the United States, it was released under the title Undercovers Hero.


Set in Nazi-occupied France, the story follows Major Robinson of the British Army. Installing himself at a Parisian brothel, he assists the French resistance and works with Madame Grenier and her girls who find themselves eliminating high ranking German officers (using ingenious rigged beds and killer flatulence pills) right under the noses of the Gestapo. The girls find themselves enlisted in the Free French Forces and finally help to foil Hitler's plan to blow up Paris. They later receive medals from the French president.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

  • The New York Times called the film, "a sketch film with very few jokes."[3]
  • Time Out wrote, "its raison d'être is Peter Sellers, back in brilliant form as six variations on blinkered authority, including Hitler and a De Gaulle-ish French general, but particularly as the Gestapo chief Schroeder, limping-cum-strutting from disaster to disaster, an extraordinary amalgam of Dr Strangelove and Fred Kite. Worth a visit for Sellers and one classic joke about a PoW."[4]


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