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Battleground (1949)

Approved  |   |  Action, War, Drama  |  20 January 1950 (USA)
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A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

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John Hodiak ...
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Jim Layton
Jerome Courtland ...
Abner Spudler
Don Taylor ...
Standiferd
Bruce Cowling ...
Wolowicz
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Kinnie
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'Kipp' Kippton
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The Chaplain
Herbert Anderson ...
Hansan (as Guy Anderson)
Thomas E. Breen ...
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Denise
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Bettis
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Storyline

We follow a band of American soldiers as they engage the Germans in a snowy, foggy winter near Bastogne in World War II. They're low on fuel, rations, and ammunition; the Germans are constantly encouraging their surrender via radio and leaflets, and most importantly, the pervasive thick fog makes movement and identification difficult and prevents their relief by Allied air support. This film focuses much more on the psychology and morale of the soldiers than on action footage and heroics. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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The guts! The girls! The glory! of a lot of wonderful guys! See more »

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Action | War | Drama

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20 January 1950 (USA)  »

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Bastogne  »

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$1,631,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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James Whitmore took over the role of Sgt. Kinnie after James Mitchell was fired for moving too much like a dancer and not enough like a drill sergeant. See more »

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Holley hears Denise and Jarvess talking on the other side of the living room door and rushes into the corridor with a full cup of coffee. He takes one small sip and puts the now empty cup in his pocket. See more »

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[as Bettis is digging a foxhole]
Holley: Let's not try to reach China this time, hey Bettis?
Bettis: Well there's no sense digging if you don't go deep.
Holley: The last one we dug one together, you went so deep that when I climbed out in the morning I got the bends.
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Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
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Written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
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Classic WWII Movie!
27 April 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Battleground (1949) - Director: William A. Wellman A couple of years had passed since the end of the war and Americans were once again ready for another "Give em Hell Harry" approach so MGM took a few of its current heart throbs (Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban), surrounded them with plenty of scraggy-faced character actors and accidentally turned out one of the best WW II movies out there.

Basically the story revolves around a squad of the 101st Airborne Division being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Much credit must be given to notoriously brass-balled director William Wellman. Wellman was famous for being a take-no-prisoners kind of guy and must have bullied the soft as silk MGM-ers into getting the kind of picture he wanted, or else. Among other things, the film is famous for its realistic looking (for the time) winter scenes. Surprisingly the entire movie was shot on the backlot and sound stages. (B&W)


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