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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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Jim Layton
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Abner Spudler
Don Taylor ...
Standiferd
Bruce Cowling ...
Wolowicz
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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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$1,631,000 (estimated)
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Douglas Fowley, who plays Pvt. Kippton (he of the continually lost false teeth) served in the Navy in the South Pacific in World War II and lost all his own teeth in an explosion aboard his aircraft carrier during battle. See more »

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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 next to him are moving at all. See more »

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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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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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WWII ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
1 June 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just as "All Quiet on the Western Front" was emblematic of the first world war, so "Battleground" is similarly drawn out in time, wringing the desperation, danger and fear of prolonged battle. It is not quite an anti-war film, as WWII was really the Last Good War. Men had to be sacrificed, but they did for a noble cause. Where would we be if the Nazis had triumphed?

The men were surrounded, the mist obscured everything, and it was bitter cold in the French winter, near Bastogne. It was the Battle of the Bulge, where the fate of Western Europe was decided. The film showed the cameraderie and cohesion necessary to be an effective infantry company, but there was no way out till finally the weather broke and our planes came to save them.

Though utterly exhausted and sick to death, the final victory march was dramatically triumphant.


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