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The Glory Brigade (1953)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 20 May 1953 (USA)
During the Korean War, an American unit of combat engineers must work with Greek troops in order to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines.

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During the Korean War Lt. Sam Pryor volunteers his platoon to escort Greek troops to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines. Due to his Greek heritage Pryor is initially proud to accompany the Greek contingent but his feelings change to scorn and mistrust when what he believes is cowardice shown by the Greek soldiers and their leaders results in the near annihiliation of his own platoon. An uneasy alliance is maintained between the US and Greek troops as the enemy's true objective is learned. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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You'll Never Love So Hard In Your Life... as these hard-hitting guys hit the dirt... and come up fighting!

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Baptism of Fire  »

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$850,000 (estimated)
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Special effects crew member Jess Wolf died from injuries suffered while working on a dynamite blast for the film. See more »

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Maj. Sauer: Where's the sugar? Everytime I retake this hut I can't find the sugar. I've been in and out of here so many times, I'm beginning to feel like a yo-yo.
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Featured in The Last Days of the Big Lie (2009) See more »

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Decent war melodrama
22 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film is a decent war melodrama as well as a vehicle for star Victor Mature. It tells a somewhat engaging tale of an American platoon cooperating with a Greek platoon during the Korean war. The filmmakers use the distrust these platoons have for one another as a comment on racism and, ultimately, a slightly heavyhanded lesson on looking past differences to work together against a greater enemy. But the film has some rousing battle scenes, few and far between as they may be, and it's heart is certainly in the right place. The acting is mostly good, especially from the intensely watchable Lee Marvin, who is the primary reason I saw this film. He is my favorite actor and I jumped at the opportunity to see this little seen movie which is not available on home video at present time. He plays the demolitionist in Mature's platoon, just one of several random soldiers, really. Lee's role is small, but he does the most he can with the character and screen time he has. Fans will be interested to note that Marvin's character wears glasses, one of the few times he has ever been seen wearing them in films, or anywhere else for that matter. All in all "The Glory Brigade" isn't much better than fair, but Marvin and Mature fans may want to check it out.


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