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Attack (1956)

 -  Drama | War | Action  -  17 October 1956 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Lt. Joe Costa, Fox Co.
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Capt. Erskine Cooney
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Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett, CO, White Battalion
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Pfc. Bernstein
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Pvt. Snowden
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Sfc. Tolliver, Fox Co.
Jon Shepodd ...
Cpl. John Jackson, Fox Co. (communications)
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SS Captain (as Peter Van Eyck)
James Goodwin ...
Pfc. Ricks (as Jimmy Goodwin)
Steven Geray ...
Otto, German NCO
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Pvt. Jacob R. Abramowitz (radioman) (as Judson Taylor)
Louis Mercier ...
Brouise (French blacksmith)
Henry Rowland ...
German with Binoculars
Mike Ragan ...
Soldier with binoculars
Ron McNeil ...
Pfc. Jones
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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 Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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The battle baitin' bazooka bouncers of company "C"! See more »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Combat and battle sequences were filmed on the back-lot of two studios: The RKO-Pathé Studios back-lot and the Universal Studios back-lot. They were also shot on the Albertson Ranch in Agoura, California. See more »

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Throughout the picture, German infantrymen use what seems to be some variation of the water-cooled Browning 30-caliber machine gun, which was a U.S. weapon. Also, the German tanks don't resemble any Panzers in use during World War II. See more »

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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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Impressive War Drama
7 April 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Anyone remember a 1965 war movie called BATTLE OF THE BULGE ? That's the movie supposedly set during the Ardennes campaign in Belguim but instead of seeing snow shrouded forests we're led to believe the conflict took place on dusty desert plains . Unfortunately with ATTACK director Robert Aldrich makes a similar error in geography and weather conditions . There's no snow to be seen ( Apart from some fake snow in one scene ) there's no forests and you do get the feeling the movie was filmed on a hot summers day no matter how the cast try and convince you other wise . In fact I felt rather sorry for the actors dressed in heavy greatcoats jumping up and down trying to get into character and it's interesting to note that by half way through the movie everyone has stopped in their vain attempts trying to convince the audience it's a very cold day

That said ATTACK is a very impressive war drama - and please note I used the word drama in the last sentence . It's based on a play but unlike a lot of movies based on plays that often use flashback to tell the tale the roots of the source is hidden , this actually feels cinematic . The movie centres around the conflict Lt Costa who blames his commanding officer Captain Cooney for getting his platoon wiped out . The human drama of cowardice and command and the motive of revenge feature very heavily . It should also be pointed out how well Captain Cooney is written and played by Eddie Albert , he's relatively sympathetic as a weak man who seems caught up in things outside his control though at the end he does become a sort of melodramtic carichture . The whole cast do a good job and the scenes with Lee Marvin and Eddie Albert together are superb . It's such a pity no one seems to make war movies this intelligent anymore


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