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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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Abner Spudler
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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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$1,631,000 (estimated)
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 12, 1951 with Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson and James Whitmore reprising their film roles. See more »

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When the Colonel leaves the meeting with the German officers, discussing the surrender demand, the jeep he is in takes off without a driver at the wheel. See more »

Quotes

[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 Lianna (1983) See more »

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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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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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