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Take the High Ground! (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 30 October 1953 (USA)
In 1953, at Fort Bliss, Texas, two former Korean War combat veterans work as drill sergeants and fall in-love with the same woman.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sgt. Thorne Ryan
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Sgt. Laverne Holt
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Julie Mollison
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Merton 'Tex' Tolliver
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Paul Jamison
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Elvin C. Carey
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Lobo Naglaski
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Donald Quentin Dover IV
Chris Warfield ...
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William Hairston ...
Daniel Hazard
Maurice Jara ...
Franklin D. No Bear
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Sgt. Vince Opperman
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Mrs. Butterfly (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Sgt. Thorne Ryan, who once fought bravely in Korea, now serves as a hard-nosed drill instructor to new Army recruits at Fort Bliss, Texas. But is he really the man he is often described as? His fellow instructor, and friend helps him to face the ghosts of his past experiences in Korea. One night in a bar across the border in Juarez, Mexico, Sgt. Ryan meets a lady who begins to turn his life around. Will this be enough to help him deal with the past? Or will he continue to be so hard on his troops? This movie was filmed mostly on location at Fort Bliss, Texas in El Paso. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Gripes ! Gags ! Girls ! Guts ! Guys !

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Drama | War

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30 October 1953 (USA)  »

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The Making of a Marine  »

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$1,166,000 (estimated)
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(remix for video release)| (Western Electric Sound System)

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(Anscocolor)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The horizontal white bars on the rear of Sergeant Ryan and Sergeant Holt's helmet liners indicate they are NCOs (non-commissioned officers). Officers had vertical white bars on the backs of their helmets. The purpose of the markings was to quickly identify those in command from the rear. See more »

Goofs

When Ryan and Holt have the troops on a training exercise in the field, Ryan tells Holt to "get back to base." The Army doesn't refer to its facilities as bases. An actual solider would have said "get back to the post." See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Thorne Ryan: This is your rifle, and not your gun; it's made for shooting, and not for fun!
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Soy de Jalisco
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Music by Ramon Duran
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Watchable, if not memorable
4 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An interesting Korean-War era film, starring Richard Widmark and Karl Malden, Take the High Ground depicts sixteen weeks of basic training at Fort Bliss. The film revolves around the differing personalities of two drill sergeants (Widmark and Malden) as they shape hopeless recruits into combat-ready soldiers. Widmark's character, Sgt. First Class Thorne Ryan is a battle-hardened veteran, who believes that toughness is the best way to prepare recruits for combat. Staff Sgt. Laverne Holt (Malden), however, relies on compassion to help his men adjust to army life. These differences present a few interesting conflicts, but overall, their static characters add little. Like most basic training films, this movie offers a few predictable laughs and trivial subplots, but fails to develop a deep plot. Elaine Stewart's adulterous character, in particular, is unnecessary and only adds confusion. Overall, however, Take the High Ground is watchable, if not memorable.


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