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The Men -- A war veteran paralyzed in combat sinks into a solitary world of hatred and hostility. It becomes the responsibility of his fiancee to break him from the shell of despairl that he has ensconced himself in since his accident.  In HD.


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Carl Foreman (story)
Carl Foreman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
September 1950 (Italy) See more »
A completely new experience between men and women.
Paralized war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Ken

Teresa Wright ... Ellen

Everett Sloane ... Dr. Brock

Jack Webb ... Norm

Richard Erdman ... 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

Ray Teal ... Man at Bar
Marguerite Martin ... Angel's Mother
Forty Five of The Men of Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital ... Themselves (as And .... Forty Five of The Men of Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Anderson ... PVA Board (uncredited)
Marshall Ball ... Romano (uncredited)

Polly Bergen ... Nightclub singer (uncredited) (singing voice)
Ralph Brooks ... Therapist (uncredited)
Virginia Christine ... Patient's Wife at Lecture (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Rhoda Cormeny ... Nurse (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Tom Gillick ... Fine (uncredited)
Sam Gilman ... (uncredited)
Pat Grissom ... PVA Board (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Bartender (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Victoria Horne ... Paraplegic's Wife (uncredited)
Norman Karr ... Doctor (uncredited)

DeForest Kelley ... Dr. Sherman (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Staring Diner (uncredited)
William Lea Jr. ... Walter (uncredited)
Carlo Lewis ... Gunderson (uncredited)
Muriel Maddox ... Woman in Street (uncredited)
Ray Mitchell ... Thompson (uncredited)
Eunice Newberry ... Nurse (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Obie Parker ... The Lookout (uncredited)
Paul Peltz ... Hopkins (uncredited)
Pete Simon ... Mullin, PVA Board (uncredited)
Randall Updyke III ... Baker (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
Writing credits
Carl Foreman (story)

Carl Foreman (screenplay)

Produced by
Georges Glass .... associate producer
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photography) (as Robert de Grasse)
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
Makeup Department
Hollis Barnes .... hair stylist
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (as Gus Norin)
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lloyd Richards .... assistant director
Larry Buchanan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... sound engineer (as Jean Speak)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Potevin .... lighting effects
Morris Rosen .... head grip
Charles Burke .... camera operator (uncredited)
Scotty Welbourne .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... wardrobe: men
Ann Peck .... wardrobe: ladies
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music director
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Ted Anderson .... technical advisor
Pat Grissom .... technical advisor
Don Weis .... dialogue director
Herbert Wolf .... technical advisor
Pete Simon .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Battle Stripe" - USA (reissue title)
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1997) | UK:A (re-release: as Battle Stripe) (1958) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14228) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

When James Dean first arrived in Manhattan in 1952 he watched this film several times at the 42nd street loews complex in times square .See more »
Continuity: After Norm recites a fragment of Shakespeare, Ken's arms change position between shots.See more »
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.
Ellen:You weren't quite so logical a few years ago when we needed some boys to ground and get killed or paralyzed.
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Powerful movie more relevant than ever, 8 October 2001
Author: aromatic-2 ( from New York, NY

I recently re-watched Zinneman's classic ode to paralyzed veterans. In the wake of the recent bombings here in New York, this excellently crafted and realistically acted film made me cry more than ever before. Jack Webb is astonishingly good as a cynical vet who puts aside his cynicism for love only to get kicked in the teeth.

Brando and Wright are excellent as the couple who find they are meant neither to be saints nor martyrs nor villains, merely human beings. The rehab scenes are grittily performed and sincerely executed. I probably suffer from post-traumatic syndrome even more than other New Yorkers, and watching the veterans cope with their mental, emotional, AND PHYSICAL post-traumatic distress made me realize just how fortunate I am to be among the survivors.

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