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Attack (1956)

Approved | | Drama, War, Action | 17 October 1956 (USA)
In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between captain Cooney and lieutenant Costa run high.

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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)
Jim Goodwin ...
Pfc. Ricks (as Jimmy Goodwin)
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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
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GI 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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Drama | War | Action

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The scene where Lt. Costa hits Pvt. Ricks should have never happened if Sgt. Tolliver had done his job. Tolliver, as the platoon sergeant should have understood what his lieutenant wanted and should have had Ricks keeping his eyes open and watching enemy movement. If he had been more responsible, he would have been doing the observation himself as he was more experienced and knew what to look for. There being only three privates, a platoon sergeant and a lieutenant, made the sergeant's job easier. If you watched Band of Brothers (2001) and noted what First Sergeant Lipton did, you'll see what should have been done. Both Tech Sergeant and 1st Sergeant are senior non-commissioned officers (NCOs), with the Tech Sergeant being the highest NCO slot available at the platoon level; they are responsible for the enlisted men. See more »

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Buddy Ebsen is listed as "Sfc. Tolliver - Fox Co.", with Sfc. as in Sergeant First Class. This rank was not established until 1948, changing the rank of 2nd Grade Technical Sergeant to Sergeant First Class. See more »

Quotes

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 four star war film
28 May 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Based on a play Fragile Fox that was on Broadway during the early Fifties, Attack is one of the best war films ever made. No sham heroics here, just men doing a dirty job and caught in an extremely lousy situation due to politics.

Lee Marvin is a politically ambitious colonel who's national guard company has been activated for World War II. He's got to babysit and keep an eye on Eddie Albert who's father is a big shot in the unnamed southern state he comes from. Only Albert is an incompetent and a coward. That's causing problems up and down the ranks.

How it all gets resolved is what you have to see Attack for and Robert Aldrich never directed a better film. There's not a bad performance here, not a minute of film wasted.

The contrasting character is Jack Palance who is the lead character. His courage and concern for the men he leads are set up in a direct counterpoint to Albert. His climactic scene is one of the most harrowing ever put on film.

It is appropriate with news of Eddie Albert leaving us at the grand old age of 99 to pay tribute to what is probably the best performance this multi-talented and under-appreciated performer ever did. His Captain Cooney is one of the most malevolent creatures ever put to celluloid. He's such a bad man, his performance will make your skin crawl, Albert is that good in this role. Both he and Palance should have been up for Oscars in 1956.

William Smithers made a good film debut in Attack. He never reached the heights of stardom, but Star Trek fans will know him for a role in the original series as Captain Merik who oddly enough made the same bad choices in that episode that Captain Cooney does in Attack.

The cast is populated with war film veterans and they all do their usual fine job. There were times that it didn't seem possible you could make a war film without Lee Marvin, Robert Strauss, or Richard Jaeckel. God Bless 'em all.

And Attack is a film not to be missed even if you don't particularly like war films.


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