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Release Date:
17 October 1956 (USA) See more »
TRAPPED BEHIND ENEMY LINES...THEY PASSED THE WORD ALONG TO -- ATTACK (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A violent exposé of a lack of courage and perversion… See more (66 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Palance ... Lt. Joe Costa - Fox Co.

Eddie Albert ... Capt. Erskine Cooney

Lee Marvin ... Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett - CO, White Battalion

Robert Strauss ... Pfc. Bernstein

Richard Jaeckel ... Pvt. Snowden

Buddy Ebsen ... Sfc. Tolliver - Fox Co.
Jon Shepodd ... Cpl. John Jackson - Fox Co. (communications)

Peter van Eyck ... SS Captain (as Peter Van Eyck)
James Goodwin ... Pfc. Ricks (as Jimmy Goodwin)
Steven Geray ... Otto - German NCO

Jud Taylor ... Pvt. Jacob R. Abramowitz - radioman (as Judson Taylor)
Louis Mercier ... Brouise - French blacksmith
Henry Rowland ... German with Binoculars
Mike Ragan ... GI with binoculars
Ron McNeil ... Pfc. Jones

Strother Martin ... Sgt. Ingersol
Leonard Bremen ... Mess Sergeant

William Smithers ... Lt. Harold 'Harry' Woodruff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bing Russell ... Medic (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
Writing credits
Norman Brooks (play "Fragile Fox")

James Poe (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
Walter Blake .... associate producer
Original Music by
Frank De Vol  (as Frank Devol)
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (photographed by) (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
Set Decoration by
Glen Daniels  (as Glen L. Daniels)
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack R. Berne .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert H. Justman .... assistant director (as Robert Justman)
Sound Department
Robert A. Reich .... sound effects
Jack Solomon .... sound
Special Effects by
Dave Koehler .... special effects (as David B. Koehler)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jack Murton .... casting supervisor
Music Department
Frank De Vol .... conductor (as Frank Devol)
Other crew
Bud Cokes .... technical supervisor
Robert Sherman .... dialogue supervisor
Adele T. Strassfield .... assistant to producer
Paul Vroom .... produced on the stage by
Saul Bass .... title designer (uncredited)
William E. Orr .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating: feature and trailer) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (1997) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18001) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Cast member Richard Jaeckel said of this film in Edwin T. Arnold's biography, "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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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!See more »


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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A violent exposé of a lack of courage and perversion…, 25 January 2009

'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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