At the end of the Second World War six German ex-soldiers return to Berlin and set up as a bomb disposal group. The pressure of the dangerous work starts to affect them, the more so as they... See full summary »
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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The German tanks in this film appear to be based on the American M3 Stuart light tank with the same chassis and hull, but with a modified turret. See more »
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 »
Cooney. I'm going to give you something to think about. If I ever lose another man on account of you, just one, you'll never see the States again.
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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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