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The Men (1950)

Passed  -  Drama  -  September 1950 (Italy)
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Paralized war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs.

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Ken
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Ellen
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Dr. Brock
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Norm
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Leo
Arthur Jurado ...
Angel
Virginia Farmer ...
Nurse Robbins
Dorothy Tree ...
Ellen's Mother
Howard St. John ...
Ellen's Father
Nita Hunter ...
Dolores
Patricia Joiner ...
Laverne
John 'Skins' Miller ...
Mr. Doolin (as John Miller)
Cliff Clark ...
Dr. Kameran
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Man at Bar
Marguerite Martin ...
Angel's Mother
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Storyline

Ex-GI Ken who as a result of a war wound is paralyzed below the waist. In the hospital back home, he passes through an initial period of depression with the help of a sympathetic Dr. Brock and his faithful fiancée Ellen. Ken's bitter isolation is also overcome with the help of his fellow patients, especially the intelligent young cynic Norm, the witty Leo and serious young Angel. Soon Ken throws himself into the work rehabilitation and after a long period of physical therapy even suspects he may regain the use of his limbs. With the approval and help of the doctor, he and Ellen marry, but on their wedding night both have misgivings about the marriage: the full realization of Ellen's new responsibilities frighten her and makes her more uncertain than ever, and Ken reverts to self-pity. There is a violent argument, and he goes back to the hospital. But his blazing anger finds no sympathy from his buddies, and after a surprising conversation with Dr. Brock, Ken realizes that he must ... Written by alfiehitchie

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A completely new experience between men and women.

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Trivia

Marlon Brando's screen debut. He is reported to have prepared for his role as an embittered paraplegic by lying in bed for a month in a veterans' hospital. See more »

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When Ellen touches Ken's face in the car, her hand changes position between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ellen's father: If he loves you as much you love him, he'll make you go.
Ellen: You've been so clever, so logical, I've never knew that you handled words so well.
Ellen's father: That's not an answer, Elly.
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Waltz in B Flat Major
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Brando's first (and one of his best?)
25 March 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"The Men" probably seemed very daring at the time of its release, and indeed Brando's performance and some of the supporting ones have lasted well and hardly dated at all. The film gives some idea of the horrific aftermath of war and its effects on the 'heroes' it disfigures. Teresa Wright plays Brando's girlfriend with some sensitivity and Everett Sloane gives a good performance as the doctor. Of the other actors playing paraplegics, Jack Webb deserves a mention. This is an interesting film which raises a lot of issues not previously faced that much on screen.


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