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Writer:
Robert Pirosh (story)
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Release Date:
20 January 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The First Great Picture Of The Second World War ! See more »
Plot:
A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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(17 articles)
User Reviews:
Classic WWII Movie! See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Van Johnson ... Holley
John Hodiak ... Jarvess

Ricardo Montalban ... Roderigues

George Murphy ... 'Pop' Stazak

Marshall Thompson ... Jim Layton
Jerome Courtland ... Abner Spudler
Don Taylor ... Standiferd
Bruce Cowling ... Wolowicz

James Whitmore ... Kinnie

Douglas Fowley ... 'Kipp' Kippton

Leon Ames ... The Chaplain
Herbert Anderson ... Hansan (as Guy Anderson)
Thomas E. Breen ... Doc

Denise Darcel ... Denise

Richard Jaeckel ... Bettis

James Arness ... Garby (as Jim Arness)
Scotty Beckett ... William J. Hooper
Brett King ... Lt. Teiss
The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division ... Themselves (as the original 'Screaming Eagles' of the 101st Airborne Division)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Allen ... Transportation Captain (uncredited)
Martha Bamattre ... French Peasant Woman (uncredited)
Richard Bartlett ... Casualty (uncredited)
Nan Boardman ... Belgian Woman Volunteer (uncredited)
Tommy Bond ... Runner (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Michael Browne ... Levenstein (uncredited)
Norman Budd ... Crying Casualty (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Mess Sergeant (uncredited)
Tony Christian ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Lillian Clayes ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ... French Peasant Woman (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... G.I. Scout (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... 101st Battalion Officer (uncredited)
George Dee ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... French Peasant Man (uncredited)
Victor Desny ... Wounded German Soldier (uncredited)
Chris Drake ... Medic Private (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Supply Sergeant (uncredited)
Gretl Dupont ... French Peasant Woman (uncredited)
John Dutra ... G.I. (uncredited)
Ted Eckelberry ... G.I. (uncredited)

Bill Erwin ... Warrant Officer (uncredited)
Dan Foster ... Gunner (uncredited)
John Gardner ... G.I. (uncredited)
Eugene Gericke ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Edmund Glover ... G.I. from Maine (uncredited)
David Holt ... G.I. Straggler (uncredited)
James Horne ... Transportation Captain (uncredited)
Richard Irving ... G.I. from New York (uncredited)
Samuel Jaegers ... Drill Sergeant (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Tanker (uncredited)
Tommy Kelly ... Casualty (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ... Runner (uncredited)
William F. Leicester ... Tank Destroyer Man (uncredited)
Martin Lowell ... G.I. (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... Army Colonel (uncredited)
John Mansfield ... Casualty (uncredited)

Dewey Martin ... G.I. Straggler (uncredited)
Jimmy Martin ... G.I. from the South (uncredited)
Roger McGee ... Tanker (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... German Soldier (uncredited)
William Murphy ... Non-Com (uncredited)
John Mylong ... German Major (uncredited)

Tommy Noonan ... G.I. Straggler (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... K Company G.I. (uncredited)

Jerry Paris ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Victor Paul ... G.I. (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Janine Perreau ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Phillip Pine ... G.I. Non-Com (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... French Peasant Man (uncredited)
Bob Porter ... G.I. (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Platoon Leader (uncredited)
John R. Reilly ... Tanker Filling Up with Gas (uncredited)
Sammy Resnick ... Non-Com (uncredited)
Jon Riffel ... 'Kipp' Kipton (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... German NCO (uncredited)
John Royce ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Edmon Ryan ... Major (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... 101st Battalion Officer (uncredited)
Nelson Scott ... G.I. (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ... French Peasant Woman (uncredited)
William Self ... K Company G.I. (uncredited)
Charles Smith ... Walking Wounded (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... German Captain (uncredited)
Max Trujillo ... GI (uncredited)
Roland Varno ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Tommy Walker ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... G.I. (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ward Wood ... Replacement (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... German Soldier (uncredited)
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Directed by
William A. Wellman 
 
Writing credits
Robert Pirosh (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Pirosh .... associate producer
Dore Schary .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel (director of photography) (as Paul C. Vogel)
 
Film Editing by
John D. Dunning  (as John Dunning)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
William Kaplan .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Sidman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alfred E. Spencer .... associate set decorator
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Conrad Kahn .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gene Coogan .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Saxe .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Zendar .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Forrester .... grip (uncredited)
J. Harper .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Hubbell .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage sequences
 
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Kinnard .... technical adviser (as H.W.O. Kinnard Lt.Col. Inf.)
John Banse .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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  • Battered Bastards of Bastogne, The  this story is about, and dedicated to, those Americans who met General Heinrich von Lüttwitz and his 47 Panzer Corps and won for themselves the honored and immortal name (as "The Battered Bastards of Bastogne")
  • U.S. Army  special thanks
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Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1950) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #13886)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
James Arness, who has a minor role as division member Garby, served in World War II and is the most decorated of the actors in the film. He received the Bronze Star; the Purple Heart; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze campaign stars; the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: At the beginning of the movie Holley (Van Johnson) enters the tent wearing a class A uniform. Although currently worn above the ribbon rack, at the time the film takes place, the Combat Infantryman Badge was worn on the left breast pocket, below the ribbons.See more »
Quotes:
Holley:Yeah, they really shoulda sent out a bigger patrol.
PFC. Johnny Rodriguez:Do you want to goof off?
Holley:Who said anything about goofing off?
PFC. Johnny Rodriguez:Nobody. I'm just saying, the best way is to tell them you heard voices talking in German.
PFC. Donald Jarvess:Let's say we heard voices talking in Japanese and let G-2 figure that out.
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Soundtrack:
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Classic WWII Movie!, 27 April 2004
Author: Christopher (mrcaw1@hotmail.com) from New York

Battleground (1949) - Director: William A. Wellman A couple of years had passed since the end of the war and Americans were once again ready for another "Give em Hell Harry" approach so MGM took a few of its current heart throbs (Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban), surrounded them with plenty of scraggy-faced character actors and accidentally turned out one of the best WW II movies out there.

Basically the story revolves around a squad of the 101st Airborne Division being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Much credit must be given to notoriously brass-balled director William Wellman. Wellman was famous for being a take-no-prisoners kind of guy and must have bullied the soft as silk MGM-ers into getting the kind of picture he wanted, or else. Among other things, the film is famous for its realistic looking (for the time) winter scenes. Surprisingly the entire movie was shot on the backlot and sound stages. (B&W)

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