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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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Cast

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Jim Layton
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Abner Spudler
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Standiferd
Bruce Cowling ...
Wolowicz
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The Chaplain
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Hansan (as Guy Anderson)
Thomas E. Breen ...
Doc
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Denise
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Bettis
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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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Action | War | Drama

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Bastogne  »

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$1,631,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Filmed almost entirely in the studio. See more »

Goofs

When the soldiers are reading "Strategic Withdrawal in Bulge", the headline below clearly reads, "Hilter Counter Offensive..." See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Walowicz: I want three volunteers to go out on a patrol, you, you, and you. You're in charge, Holley.
Holley: Why am I always volunteering for patrols? I'm just a cowboy.
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Connections

Featured in Baseball (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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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An accurate and fantastic film without too much gore.
24 January 2003 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite film about the Battle of the Bulge. The characters are absolutely real, and the story and screenplay are the actual experience of Robert Pirosh who was a member of the 101st Airborne and also the author and screenwriter of the film. Without getting lost in blood and gore, you nonetheless understand the death and carnage going on all around, and you feel you actually know these men. Robert Pirosh and Director William Wellman manage to bring the celebrated American sense of ironic humor to the film. That sense of humor, graveyard though it be, is one of the things that helps us, as Americans, get through times like those, and like these.

Most touching scene: The utter sadness when Pvt. Layton learns that his buddy, Pvt. Hooper, was killed by a mortar shell. William Wellman filmed Marshall Thompson from the back. The fall of his shoulders and head when they said "We didn't even find his dogtags" is an eloquence beyond words.

Most memorable repeated phrase: Pvt. Holley's "Oh, no!"


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