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A Walk in the Sun (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 25 December 1945 (USA)
During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.

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In the 1943 invasion of Italy, one American platoon lands, digs in, then makes its way inland to blow up a bridge next to a fortified farmhouse, as tension and casualties mount. Unusually realistic picture of war as long quiet stretches of talk, punctuated by sharp, random bursts of violent action whose relevance to the big picture is often unknown to the soldiers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THEY FOUGHT BEST WHEN IT WAS HOPELESS! (print ad for 1951 reissue "Salerno Beachhead" - all caps)

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Producer Samuel Bronston had to shut down production due to problems with creditors, and the project was taken over by director Lewis Milestone and his Superior Productions. See more »

Goofs

In the note Tyne sends Rivera regarding the attack, Tyne states he will signal at 11:40 with whistle and the attack will commence five minutes later at 11:45. But when Rivera checks his watch he states it's two minutes before 11:45. Shortly after, a watch is shown and the time is 11:44. Tyne blows his whistle afterwards and Rivera states it's right on time; and the soldiers in the river state it will be five minutes before the attack begins. At this point it should be only 11:40. See more »

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Rivera: Nobody dies.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: It's the walk that leads down through a Philippine town, And it hits Highway seven,north of Rome; It's the same road they had coming out of Stalingrad, It's the old Lincoln Highway back home It's when ever men fight to be free. See more »

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Referenced in The Young Lions (1958) See more »

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Caissons Keep Rolling Along
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Written by Edmund L. Gruber, William Bryden and Robert Danford
[incorporated instrumentally to background music during assault on farmhouse]
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A microcosm of WWII
15 May 2000 | by (Long Island NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of the great war films ever made. Yet there are few combat scenes, and no mock heroics. What makes this movie successful is its depiction of war from the viewpoint of the men in the platoon. The film takes place primarily during the course of a walk from the beach at Salerno, Italy where the platoon has landed to a farmhouse they are to capture 6 miles away.

Although Dana Andrews is listed as the nominal star of the film, the scenes are divided up equally among several men each with their own take on the mission and ultimately the war.

Other than Andrews(approaching the peak of his career as Sgt Tyne)the rest of the cast were young up and comers, many who went on to great acting careers. They included Richard Conte, Lloyd Bridges(his first important role), John Ireland, George Tyne, Huntz Hall(on hiatus from the East Side Kids films and very effective) and Norman Lloyd(bitterly brilliant as Archambeau). There is an understated narration by Burgess Meredith and a folk ballad score sung by Earl Robinson. They all perfectly fit in to the picture

The key player in all of this is director Lewis Milestone. A veteran of films since the twenties, his credits included "All Quiet On The Western Front", "The Front Page", and "Of Mice and Men". In "A Walk In The Sun" a Milestone independent production he incorporated the successful elements of the other three and the result is one of the greatest of it's genre. It is a movie not to be missed.


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