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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 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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Battleground  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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At the beginning of the movie Holley (Van Johnson) enters the tent wearing a class A uniform. Although currently worn above the ribbon rack, at the time the film takes place, the Combat Infantryman Badge was worn on the left breast pocket, below the ribbons. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Jim Layton: The dreams are getting better all the time. I was back home in Baltimore loading up on hard-shelled crabs and beer.
Holley: That dream's against regulations, soldier. You know what our boys overseas always dream about.
Pvt. Jim Layton: Mom's blueberry pie?
Holley: Why, certainly. That's what we're fighting for. Boy, when I get home, just give me a hot dog and a slice of that pie. Am I gonna kick when I don't get my job back? No siree.
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Excellent, redeeming film from Wild Bill Wellman
30 January 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect much of this -- I was wrong. Wellman rates pretty low on the Andrew Sarris "auteur" scale, and, frankly, most of his movies are pretty dull fare (ever watch "Blood Alley" or, despite its reputation, "Nothing Sacred"?). But this is a first-rate war film, as gripping as Walsh's "Battle Cry" or "Objective: Burma," or Dwan's "Sands of Iwo Jima." The cast could not be bettered, with outstanding work from Van Johnson, James Whitmore, John Hodiak, Marshall Thompson, Jerome Courtland, Ricardo Montalban, Douglas Fowley. It doesn't have the breadth of the three above-mentioned films -- there are no away-from-the-battlefield scenes that give the characters more dimension -- some might say "dilute the intensity" -- but "Battleground" is very intense and involving. Astonishing that it was made entirely on an MGM sound stage.


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