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Battleground -- Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy star in this remarkable war film about courageous American G.I.s caught up in the battle at Bastogne.

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Director:
Writer:
Robert Pirosh (story)
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Release Date:
20 January 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
NewsDesk:
(18 articles)
User Reviews:
The best movie about World War II See more (66 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)

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


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • 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:
Argentina:13 | 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) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut)
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Trivia:
Producer Dore Schary had been recruited to rejoin MGM following his successful run at RKO. This was one of the projects (and one that RKO boss Howard Hughes had rejected) that Schary insisted on making as part of his employment at MGM, over the protestations of MGM head Louis B. Mayer who believed that movie audiences had had their fill of war in general and war films in particular. Schary got his way. The movie was such a box office hit that within months he was elected to the board at MGM and MGM-parent Loew's Inc. chief Nick Schenck would fire Mayer by the summer of 1951.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Towards the end of the movie, one of the troopers takes out a grenade and places it next to his foxhole with the bottom facing towards the camera. Even though the editors made a smear mark on the film in an obvious attempt to hide it, you can plainly see that the genuine war surplus grenade had a large hole drilled its bottom.See more »
Quotes:
[as Bettis is digging a foxhole]
Holley:Let's not try to reach China this time, hey Bettis?
Bettis:Well there's no sense digging if you don't go deep.
Holley:The last one we dug one together, you went so deep that when I climbed out in the morning I got the bends.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Kisses (1991) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Santa Claus is Comin' to TownSee more »

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38 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
The best movie about World War II, 20 February 2003
Author: Cthulhu-7 from Gerrardstown, W.Va.

This is the best movie ever made about a democratic society going to war against fascism. The movie perfectly captures the fear and courage of American soldiers in war, fighting not to conquer like the Germans or destroy civilization like the terrorists, but to defend their fellow man. There's no sunshine patriotism in this movie. No flag waving or false heroics. But the lofty ideas behind the nation that made men such as these is there hidden like the sun behind fog and clouds. And at the end, the glory embodied in the men blazes true and shines as brightly as the sun when the weather lifts.

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