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A Walk in the Sun (1945)

 -  Drama | War  -  25 December 1945 (USA)
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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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25 December 1945 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of John Ireland. See more »

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Other than rank insignia, none of the soldiers' uniforms bear any markings whatsoever. It was standard practice to mark soldiers' helmets with chalk numbers so that they would know which landing craft they were assigned to board for the invasion. It was also standard practice to wear insignia to denote the soldiers' units for identification purposes, although sometimes the shoulder sleeve insignia were removed to impede enemy intelligence gathering. Also, the soldiers' helmets are shown buckled at all times. It was common for soldiers to leave their helmets unbuckled, as there was a belief that, in the event of a nearby explosion, the helmet would break the soldier's neck when it reacted to the concussion. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Tyne: It's a funny thing, how many people you meet in an army that cross your path for a few seconds and you never see 'em again.
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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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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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[incorporated instrumentally to background music during assault on farmhouse]
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An extraordinary war movie, distinguished for its special use of language.
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this picture came out in 1945 I was stationed at England General Hospital in Atlantic City. My wife and I found a baby-sitter for our one-year-old son and went to see this movie. Atlantic City at that time was a military town, and most of the soldiers were patients at EGH -- most of them amputees. Run-of-the-mill war movies were occasions for hoots and catcalls from the soldier audience. The audience the night we saw A Walk in the Sun sat spellbound and silent.

I have always wanted to see the film again to see if it is as good as I thought at the time. Last night my wife and I watched it again on DVD. I was puzzled at first. Then I realized that the soldiers in the film did not talk like soldiers (no four-letter words); also they were speaking their lines in blank verse. Unlike most movies of that vintage it withstands the test of time. If it is not a four-star movie, there is no such thing!


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