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Battleground (1949)

Approved | | Action, War, Drama | 20 January 1950 (USA)
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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Jim Layton
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Abner Spudler
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Standiferd
Bruce Cowling ...
Wolowicz
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The Chaplain
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Hansan (as Guy Anderson)
Thomas E. Breen ...
Doc
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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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$1,631,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Arness, who has a minor role as division member Garby, served in World War II and is the most decorated of the actors in the film. He received the Bronze Star; the Purple Heart; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze campaign stars; the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when the C-47s are paradropping supplies to the soldiers, one of the stock footage pieces is of paratroopers jumping from planes, not supplies being dropped. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Donald Jarvess: Only one thing gets me. When you work on a newspaper, I'd get those wire releases and know I was the first person in town who had the news, all the news. I guarantee you my wife knows what's going on in Bastogne. All I know is what's going on in the 2nd squad of the 3rd platoon of I company.
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Connections

Referenced in Challenge the Wilderness (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
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Written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Sung by the soldiers
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The best movie about World War II
20 February 2003 | by (Gerrardstown, W.Va.) – See all my reviews

This is the best movie ever made about a democratic society going to war against fascism. The movie perfectly captures the fear and courage of American soldiers in war, fighting not to conquer like the Germans or destroy civilization like the terrorists, but to defend their fellow man. There's no sunshine patriotism in this movie. No flag waving or false heroics. But the lofty ideas behind the nation that made men such as these is there hidden like the sun behind fog and clouds. And at the end, the glory embodied in the men blazes true and shines as brightly as the sun when the weather lifts.


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