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Battleground (1949)

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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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Jim Layton
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Abner Spudler
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Bruce Cowling ...
Wolowicz
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Hansan (as Guy Anderson)
Thomas E. Breen ...
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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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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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According to the book 'The MGM Story' by John Douglas Eames, "Battleground was a remarkable case of MGM history repeating itself. When Thalberg planned to make "The Big Parade" Mayer said no one wanted a war drama in 1925. Now Schary, the 'new Thalberg', had brought a pet project over from RKO, where Howard Hughes had vetoed it, and Mayer said no one wanted a war drama in 1949." See more »

Goofs

At one point where the troops are all riding in the back of a truck; the truck and all the passengers are rocking back and forth. At one point the conversation centers on Hansan and he has a few lines to deliver; at that point neither Hansan or the men nest to him are moving at all. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Teiss: You sure they were enemy tanks?
Pvt. Donald Jarvess: We saw them, Lieutenant.
Lt. Teiss: You think we got enough anti-tank grenades to do any good?
Sgt. Kinnie: We ain't got any. Mind if I make a suggestion, Lieutenant?
Lt. Teiss: What?
Sgt. Kinnie: Well, sir, our usual defense against tanks is to call for artillery, and then to run like a jackrabbit.
Lt. Teiss: We got orders to hold these positions.
Sgt. Kinnie: Well, sir, let's call for artillery and keep our heads down, then.
Lt. Teiss: We could send out some bazooka men... if we had any bazookas.
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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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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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