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A Walk in the Sun (1945)

Approved  |   |  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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Salerno Beachhead  »

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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 by Superior Productions. See more »

Goofs

The song at the end of the movie reads on the screen differently than it is sung: first line reads "It's the walk", but is sung "It's that walk"; third line reads "And it hits", but is sung "And hits"; sixth line reads "It's the old", but is sung "It's that old". See more »

Quotes

Friedman: You ever think you'll live to make corporal?
Rivera: Baby, I just want to live long enough to make civilian.
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Caissons Keep Rolling Along
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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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