MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 22,459 this week

The Way Ahead (1944)

 |  War, Drama  |  3 June 1945 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,116 users  
Reviews: 26 user | 11 critic

A group of conscripts are called up into the infantry during WWII. At first they appear a hopeless bunch but their sergeant and Lieutenant have faith in them and mould them into a good team... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 587 titles
created 10 May 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 12 Jun 2012
 
a list of 3177 titles
created 18 Oct 2013
 
a list of 500 titles
created 07 Feb 2014
 
a list of 25 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Way Ahead" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Way Ahead (1944)

The Way Ahead (1944) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Way Ahead.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Greg Powell is a disturbed ex-con who recruits Jimmy Smith (aka Jimmy Youngblood), a petty thief, as his partner in crime. Powell panics one night when the two of them are pulled over by a ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there.

Director: Irwin Allen
Stars: Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Kenneth Nelson, Peter White, Leonard Frey
Malice (1993)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches art, Andy's a college dean. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know all" doctor.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman
Dark Victory (1939)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and must decide whether she'll meet her final days with dignity.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Post-World War II, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military that has married the German Bettina Mallison. The naive ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef
Wolfen (1981)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks.

Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Davey Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners. But he falls in love with Jenny who gets him to ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, Edward Rigby
Disconnect I (2010)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A distraught college student finds a phone that enables her to talk to her deceased mother in the past. Instead of a heart attack, she learns that her mother was murdered. She tries to use ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Christian
Stars: Steffany Huckaby, Amanda Troop, Eddie Jones
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

The crew of a popular ghost hunting show gets more than they bargained for when they come across a location that's actually haunted.

Director: Chris Randall
Stars: Brad Norman, James Karen, Brittany Risner
Dodge City (1939)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rookie movie director Koichi and his crew travels to the mountain village of Yamamura to film his next movie. The villagers are eventually enlisted to help film the movie and, in particular... See full summary »

Director: Shûichi Okita
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Shun Oguri, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Pvt. Evan Lloyd
...
Pvt. Luke
Leslie Dwyer ...
Pvt. Sid Beck
Hugh Burden ...
Pvt. Bill Parsons
Jimmy Hanley ...
Pvt. Geoffrey Stainer (as Jimmie Hanley)
...
Sgt. Ned Fletcher (as Billy Hartnell)
Reginald Tate ...
The Training Company Commanding Officer
...
Capt. Edwards
John Ruddock ...
Chelsea Pensioner
A. Bromley Davenport ...
Chelsea Pensioner (as Bromley Davenport)
Renée Asherson ...
Marjorie Gillingham (as Renee Asherson)
Mary Jerrold ...
Mrs. Gillingham
Tessie O'Shea ...
Herself - ENSA Entertainer
Edit

Storyline

A group of conscripts are called up into the infantry during WWII. At first they appear a hopeless bunch but their sergeant and Lieutenant have faith in them and mould them into a good team. When they go into action in N. Africa they realise what it's all about. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Story of Today---YOU'LL REMEMBER FOREVER! (original ad - several caps)

Genres:

War | Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 June 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Immortal Battalion  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Apparently, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill asked star David Niven about the possibility of making a film that would pay homage to the British Army the way In Which We Serve (1942) had paid homage to the British Navy. Niven then contacted director Carol Reed with the proposal of expanding their earlier training film, The New Lot (1943). See more »

Goofs

The Vickers gun used by Brewer and Luke changes from having a smooth barrel casing/water jacket, in the exterior shots, to a corrugated pattern once inside the Cafe Rispoli. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Ted Brewer: Only one good man ever got into Parliament.
Pvt. Herbert Davenport: Oh really? Who?
Pvt. Ted Brewer: Bleedin' Guy Fawkes.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Lily of Laguna
(uncredited)
Written by Leslie Stuart
Sung in Rispoli's Cafe by the platoon and others
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Best war movie made in the 2nd World War
30 April 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I really can't understand some of the more negative comments from some reviewers from the USA about this movie. For me, it is far superior to equivalent American wartime propaganda movies (including enjoyable but hardly realistic efforts such as 7 Graves To Cairo and Sahara), and made and acted by a British cast who were serving servicemen as well (unlike a certain J. Wayne or H. Bogart). Carol Reed gives us on the surface a cliche ridden movie but his gritty visual style which would become his trademark plus a script that still gives depth to a by now familiar concept lift this way above other movies made at the time.

The soldiers don't look pristine and for most of the time, don't act heroically until the last 5 minutes. They're not an elite unit (as in Sands of Iwo Jima), they grumble, complain and stagger their way to the front lines but nor are they goofballs, pranksters or loveable rogues. They are ordinary men in difficult times, which was what the film makers wanted to show. They are not all broad stereotypes either; some, like the characters Davenport or Brewer, may on the surface seem like the upper class toff and the cheeky cockney but again, the way they interplay with the rest of the cast, they become more than just representatives of their class.

For an old war movie, I was impressed with the action. Early on, when the two old soldiers are talking about how much better it was in the army in their day, we get a juxtaposed montage of David Niven in training, showing how hard it is. A lot of the burning troop ship shots are done hand held, which adds to the tension. The Tunisia scenes look very authentic and see how Reed indulges in rapid cutting, disorienting explosions and run down and dirty art direction. The only film that comes close to achieving this kind of grittiness in the war years is "Guadalcanal Diary".


50 of 56 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Way Ahead (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?