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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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Drama | War

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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The footage of the platoon attacking the German armored car--which was actually a US Army halftrack--has been used in many subsequent war movies and TV shows. See more »

Goofs

When the men find the farmhouse and are deciding to storm it they are by the tree. Two men are ordered to go down to the road. Richard Conte and another actor go. The camera pans back and you can see the boom shadow on the tree. See more »

Quotes

Windy: Hey, Tinker? How do you spell "Mare Nostrum?"
Tinker: What's that?
Windy: The Mediterranean. It's what the Eye-ties call it. It means "our sea."
Tinker: Why?
Windy: I'm writing to my sister.
Tinker: Whattya mean, you're writing to your sister? You're packed on a landing barge, bouncing on your Mare Nostrum, and waiting to hit the beach like the rest of us slobs.
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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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Caissons Keep Rolling Along
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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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