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The final entry in a trilogy of films produced for the U.S. government by John Huston. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Written by Kieran Kenney

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Additional title screen - "The United States Army Presents PMF 5019 (War Office seal) MCMXLVIII (1948)". The PMF stands for "Professional Medical Film" and was part of a series produced by the U.S. Army on various topics of military medicine from the late 1940's through the 1960's. See more »

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Narrator: These are the casualties of the spirit, the troubled in mind. Men who are damaged emotionally. Born and bred in peace, educated to hate war, they were overnight plunged into sudden and terrible situations. Every man has his breaking point and these in the fulfillment of their duties as soldiers were forced beyond the limits of human endurance.
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Compelling and uplifting documentary, beautifully photographed.
24 April 2003 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

Demobbed solders with mental problems are admitted to a hospital; the camera films them from their induction through to their eventual 'cure' and final departure back into mainstream America. This compelling and uplifting documentary, beautifully photographed, was banned for over 30 years. The US war department in its wisdom apparently insisted that the content be translated into a feature film, the name of which escapes me. Whether or not the events before the camera were staged or not, there can be no doubt as to the integrity of director John Huston in letting the characters 'write' their story. Although rarely seen, this documentary is well covered in a 1990s documentary, JOHN HUSTON: WAR STORIES.




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