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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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1.37 : 1
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Named one of the year's ten best films by the National Board of Review. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film the Platoon is walking along a road when they are forced by attacking aircraft to take cover in a ditch. When they get out of the ditch after the attack they walk back in the direction from which they came, instead of continuing in the direction they were going before the attack. See more »

Quotes

Rivera: [turning away from Friedman] I ain't talkin' to you no more. Hey, Judson!
Pvt. Judson: [running up from the rear] Yeah?
Rivera: You ever go camping in the woods?
Pvt. Judson: What woods?
Rivera: [to Friedman, jerking thumb towards Judson] Get that, willya?
[to Judson]
Rivera: ANY woods!
Pvt. Judson: No.
Rivera: That's it! You don't know what you missed. You ain't never lived until you toasted a mickey over the coals. It ain't like Army chow. You can sit around the campfire - you can shoot it all nght, if you want to. You can go fishing - all that kinda stuff.
Friedman: [...]
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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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These are the Men of the Texas Division, United
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The 'fog of war' as seen by an WW2 American infantryman
25 May 2005 | by (Seinäjoki, Finland) – See all my reviews

Hardly many war films are like this, nothing really happens here but it's still exciting. American infantry platoon lands at Salerno, Italy in 1943 and has orders to capture and hold a farmhouse some miles ahead. The men don't know nothing about what is waiting for them. Will the enemy open fire right at the beach and kill all of them? Will there be mines? Who is their enemy anyway, Germans or Italians? Will they get strafed by enemy aircraft of will 'our boys' control the skies? These are questions that a regular infantryman may ask from himself. They don't know what is waiting for them and they try to guess what the overall situation is. The movie is lots of talking, waiting and walking by the Italian countryside. The soldiers must be alert at all times and there may be false alarms too. Action comes suddenly and is also quickly committed.

This is another of those war movies that can be called 'realistic'. In many post-modern war movie realism is seen as a synonym of lots of blood and dying soldiers yelling 'mommy' and such. I don't call that realism - these men know exactly how to deal with disturbing things that war contains. They ignore things that they cannot emotionally handle and this must also be the way those things were handled in real war. This may well be seen as a dull movie, but it also shows the war as it really was. There is no pathos at all in this movie and that is why many people like it.


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