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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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TRAPPED BEHIND ENEMY LINES...THEY PASSED THE WORD ALONG TO -- ATTACK (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | War | Action

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17 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Attack!  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Actor Richard Jaeckel said of this film in Edwin T. Arnold's biography of Robert Aldrich, 'The Films and Career of Robert Aldrich': "There were scenes of incredible tension - Palance [Jack Palance] coming down the stairs to get Albert [Eddie Albert] - we were all impressed, even in rehearsals. It was a heavy project." 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 »

Quotes

Costa: Listen to me, Cooney! If you put me and my men in a wringer - -if you send us out there and let us hang - -I swear, I swear by all that's holy, I'll come back. I'll come back and take this grenade and shove it down your throat and pull the pin!
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Tough, hard-hitting WWII battle film
3 March 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the toughest and most realistic films about WWII combat in Europe made in the 1950s. The bayonet sharpness of this movie stems from that many of the actors in the film are or were themselves WWII veterans. Lee Marvin was a US Marine on Saipan and was wounded in combat, and Eddie Albert was in the Navy and was at the unimaginably bloody battle of Tarawa (Betio). These men knew what war was about and what it cost to wage it. See this film. You will witness a classic drama about bravery in war and the ugliness and finality of combat.


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