During the closing days of WWII, a National Guard Infantry Company is assigned the task of setting up artillery observation posts in a strategic area. Lieutenant Costa knows that Cooney is ... See full summary »
Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall ... See full summary »
J. Carrol Naish
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During the closing days of WWII, a National Guard Infantry Company is assigned the task of setting up artillery observation posts in a strategic area. Lieutenant Costa knows that Cooney is in command only because of 'connections' he had made state-side. Costa has serious doubts concerning Cooneys' ability to lead the group. When Cooney sends Costa and his men out, and refuses to re-enforce them, Costa swears revenge. Written by
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Two of the lead cast in this Robert Aldrich war film of the Second World War, Richard Jaeckel and Lee Marvin, would go onto appear in the same director's later hugely successful World War II war movie, The Dirty Dozen (1967). Respectively, they play the characters of MP Sergeant Clyde Bowren and Major John Reisman in The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Private Snowden and Lieutenant Colonel Clyde Bartlett, CO of White Battalion in Attack (1956). The two would also reprise their "Dirty Dozen" characters in The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985). In all three Aldrich war movies, Marvin has a higher rank than Jaeckel. See more »
When the wooden beam falls on Bernstein, breaking his leg, he twitches and the beam moves up, making it obvious that it's a prop weighing hardly anything. See more »
Sfc. Tolliver, Fox Co.:
[refusing a drink]
Captain, down around where I come from we dearly love our whiskey. But we don't drink with another man unless we respect him.
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A violent exposé of a lack of courage and perversion
'Attack' was a violent exposé of a lack of courage and perversion among American officers fighting the Germans in Belgium; a completely anti-romantic expression of disgust with war, and, more specially, the war machine, with its breakdown and its own ridiculous brand of bureaucracy
Jack Palance and Eddie Albert played, at different types of psychic disturbance, two officers who struggle on the battlefield the one an efficacious, trustworthy, but disillusioned hero-typed, the other a cowardly sadist
Lee Marvin was the cynical high-ranking officer who treats war as a political farce, mindless of the pain and distress of the ordinary soldiers
Despite an inevitable over-fondness for the dramatic values of combat and the ferocious of men at arms, this was a convincing, truthful try to demythologize war which, had it been set up in a lower key with fewer psychiatric reverberations, would have come nearer to being what Aldrich was struggling to achieve, 'a sincere plea for peace'.
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