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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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25 December 1945 (USA)  »

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Salerno Beachhead  »

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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

The soldiers are wearing a coverall type fatigue uniform which the army had determined to be impractical for field use by 1942. The invasion troops at Salerno did not wear this type of uniform. See more »

Quotes

Rivera: [as the two Italian soldiers are being interrogated for information by Tyne and Porter] Rivera: Ask 'em if they know where I can get a pizza.
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The beginning shows an unseen male narrator grabbing a book from a shelf and the cast and crew are set out in the pages of a book. See more »

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Featured in Blue in the Face (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

It Was Just a Little Walk in the Sun
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Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics by Millard Lampell
Sung by William Gillespie
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A different war movie.
30 June 2002 | by (Flint, MI) – See all my reviews

This is a different war movie, it has very few action sequences. But the director created a compelling movie none the less. Most action in this movie takes place off camera, this creates a feeling of 'being there.' One character mentions that all the action he has seen he had to listen to it. The pace of the movie tends to get slow then speed up quickly. It was quite different but for a war movie fan like myself, very entertaining.


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