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Writers:
Norman Brooks (play)
James Poe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 October 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
TRAPPED BEHIND ENEMY LINES...THEY PASSED THE WORD ALONG TO -- ATTACK (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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The Great Jack Palance in a Powerful War Film See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (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
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Bing Russell ... Medic (uncredited)
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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)
 
Stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (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 .... producer: stage play
Saul Bass .... title designer (uncredited)
William E. Orr .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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107 min
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Trivia:
Congressman Melvin Price openly criticized the military for their non-involvement in the film, calling it a "shameful attempt at censorship". United Artists were only too happy to exploit this with teaser posters asking "Is this the most controversial picture of the year?" On the back of this, the film grossed nearly $2 million (United Artists had projected a gross of around $20,000).See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the last 10 minutes of the movie, Captain Cooney is shot by Woodruff, Tolliver, Bernstein and Jackson. With each of these shots, an empty shell casing should have been ejected from the rifles (M1 carbine and M1). In addition, the empty brass would have made a noticeable "tink" sound as it hit the stone floor in the cellar.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.See more »

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27 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
The Great Jack Palance in a Powerful War Film, 30 May 2000
Author: mackjay from Out there in the dark

Long on several "lost film" lists, "Attack" is at last available on video. There are several reasons to see this film. It is a forerunner of so many grim, realistic movies that treat the subject with intelligence ("Men In War", "Pork Chop Hill", "Platoon", "The Thin Red Line"). It is brilliantly directed (many scenes are almost unbearable in their naked dramatic truth). And it contains several performances that demand attention.

The conviction of Eddie Albert's playing of the cowardly Lieutenant may come as a surprise to those unaware of his talents. Lee Marvin also delivers a solid characterization, as do most of the other supporting players. But the main feature of this film is the astonishing portrayal of Lt. Costa by Jack Palance. The kind of immersion in a role that Palance exhibits here is rare. It is the kind of performance that seems more like "being" than acting. A number of close-ups of Palance's face deliver a frisson of emotional intensity and truth that are rare and wonderful in the cinema of any period. In fact, Palance helps to demonstrate, in this picture, why "war films" should exist as a genre. The condition of war, of combat in particular, serves to foreground, polarize and intensify emotions and moral convictions. It can call into question the very nature of humanity. Just what is the price of a human life? What do we as humans mean to one another? When do concepts like 'bravery' and 'cowardice' cease to have meaning?

"Attack" is a small film, great in its impact.

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