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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Bastogne  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Screenwriter Robert Pirosh based this story on his experiences as an infantryman during the Battle of the Bulge. Pirosh did not serve with the 101st Airborne and wanted to create a script that was faithful to their experiences. He used his first hand knowledge of the battle of write the script. This was done with the blessing of General McAuliffe, who was commanding the 101st during Bastogne. Consequently many of the incidents in the film - such as Pvt. Kippton's habit of always losing his false teeth, or the Mexican soldier from Los Angeles who had never seen snow until he got to Belgium - that have always been derided as "typical Hollywood phony baloney" actually happened. 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 »

Quotes

[while being bombarded by German artillery during a driving blizzard]
Holley: We've had good deals before, but this is the best one yet. This is great. I don't ever wanna go back. I found a home in the army.
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Referenced in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

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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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Most underatted and forgotten movie of WW2 ever...
18 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before "Band of Brothers" came out, I considered this the best, most accurate depiction of an infantry unit in action ever, and I still think it has an edge over "Saving Private Ryan" and "Patton" as the greatest World War II movie(not mini-series) yet made.

The entire cast is not only fun to watch, but very believable in their individual roles, and as a veteran, I can attest to the fact that the swings between humor and deep thoughts in their conversations are dead on accurate. Anybody who's ever served in an infantry unit will tell you that for all the bickering back and forth, members of a squad, platoon, or company will always look out for each other. "Battleground" captures this perfectly.

One of the saddest things for me about this movie is how few people know of it. Except for the occasional airing on AMC or TCM, it rarely shows up on TV and that's a shame. It's well worth the time and effort to find this one.


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