An incompetent commander recounts his adventures during World War II, unaware of the fact that his own men secretly wish him dead.
I have to admit to having a little trouble with the movies of Richard Lester. Much of it is cultural, though; his movies are very British, and they're so fast-moving that unless you have a strong ear for the accents, you may find yourself left in the dust. Combine this with the fact that he works in a very non-realistic mode (the characters spend a lot of time talking to the audience and the action pops back and forth in time), and the result is confusion. Yet this confusion may be a plus in this movie; most war movies do have a certain amount of confusion in them, as war itself can be very confusing when you're in the midst of it. This anti-war movie has an interesting viewpoint in that the main enemy of the soldiers isn't so much the enemy but their own leaders, and the movie has a certain amount of impact; the death scenes of each character are powerful. The fantastic content is that after each man dies, he does not leave the company, but stays on as a ghost. It's a pretty grim comedy, but there are some great one-liners, and it's fun to see John Lennon in a rare acting role. It's difficult, but worth a look.
Postscript: Thanks to the responses I received from my original posting of this review (which I have left intact above if for no other reason that I intend to let this mistake go on record), I have since learned that Richard Lester is not British, but American. I will admit to being somewhat surprised by this, but I was largely familiar with him through this movie and his Beatles movies. It just goes to show that there's always something new to learn.