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Battleground (1949)

 -  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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Holley
John Hodiak ...
Jarvess
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Roderigues
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'Pop' Stazak
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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 ...
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 First Great Picture Of The Second World War ! See more »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

The American small units - companies and platoons - depicted did not actually exist. The glider infantry regiment assigned to the 101st Airborne Division was the 327th. When these glider infantry regiments were constituted in the early part of World War II, they had only two battalions. There was no third battalion in the regiment at the time of the battle of Bastogne. Instead, the first battalion of the 401st Glider Infantry Regiment was detailed to the command of the 327th. This meant that the glider infantry component of the 101st Airborne Division at this time had no "Item," "King," "Love," or "Mike" companies - the companies mentioned in this movie. This was done cleverly to avoid having any veterans of the 101st come forward to say something like: "I was in Item Company at Bastogne, and no such thing ever happened to us." 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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[Holley returns to the squad from the hospital]
Pvt. "Kip" Kippton: Rough in the ETO. A little scratch on the leg and a month later he comes back in time for a three-day pass to Paris.
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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.5 (1955) See more »

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impressive war movie from MGM
25 May 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

MGM made one of their large studios into a freezing, war-torn hell, and let many of their young stars loose within it for this staggeringly realistic dramatisation on the Battle of the Bulge. As war movies go, this one does everything but pile on the glamour; these boys really did have to do some serious acting!

The cast is headed by a surprisingly good Van Johnson, proving he can do more than just romances, musicals, and various takes on 'the boy next door'. With him are some impressive co-stars: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, and John Hodiak the most memorable; also James Whitmore, Don Taylor, and Leon Ames.

This movie is more than just boy's own stuff; there is a genuine story here and you do care about the characters and what happens to them. It all seems so hopeless and yet you want to keep on watching. This production caused a lot of friction at MGM as Mayer really didn't approve of the starkness of it all in the midst of his family pictures. He was wrong, 'Battleground' is one of the studio's best.






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