Studiocanal to release ‘I Was Monty’s Double’ as part of the Vintage Classics collection this June

Studiocanal will release a newly restored version of the classic British war film, I Was Monty’s Double, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download as part of the Vintage Classics collection on 10 June 2019, coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 2019.

I Was Monty’s Double is the incredible true story of how, during World War Two in the lead-up to D-Day, an out of work actor was recruited to impersonate General Montgomery as a decoy to mislead the Germans.

Directed by John Guillermin from a screenplay by Bryan Forbes, adapted from the autobiography of M. E. Clifton James, the film stars John MillsCecil Parker, and, in a stroke of casting genius, ME Clifton James as himself.

The new digital restoration has been completed from a new 4K 16-bit scan of the original 35mm negative.

With D-Day fast approaching, British officers Major Harvey (John Mills) and Colonel E.F. Logan (Cecil Parker) plot to give the Germans misinformation about their military strategy. When Harvey spots an actor (M. E. Clifton-James,) who bears a remarkable likeness to British military leader General Montgomery, he comes up with a plan to use him to impersonate the general in North Africa. Although ‘Jimmy’, as Harvey calls him, is initially doubtful he can carry off an impersonation of Montgomery convincingly, he nonetheless agrees and successfully draws German troops away from Normandy, becoming both a hero and a major military target. But, with a team of German commandos being sent to kidnap ‘Monty’,  has the plan worked a little too well?  

Special Features:

NEW!  interview with historian Terry Crowdy, author of Deceiving Hitler

– John Mills Home Movie footage

– Monty’s Double (1947)

– Behind the Scenes stills gallery

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