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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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Trivia

Feature-film debut (uncredited) of Robert Horton. See more »

Goofs

When the platoon ambushes the German half-track, a grenade explosion causes one of the tracks to come off the vehicle. Later scenes show the track still in place. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Young Lions (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

It Was Just a Little Walk in the Sun
(uncredited)
Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics by Millard Lampell
Sung by William Gillespie
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It is hard to harness determination and purpose.
3 July 2002 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This war drama ranks among the best in its genre. An outstanding ensemble cast and intense story makes for an interesting look at the realism of war. This film follows a platoon of American soldiers from the time they land in Europe until they complete their mission...capturing a German occupied farmhouse in World War Two Italy. The talented and diverse cast includes:Dana Andrews, John Ireland, Lloyd Bridges, George Tyne, Huntz Hall and Richard Conte. Kudos also to director Lewis Milestone.


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