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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Sloan Wilson (novel)
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Release Date:
8 May 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The year's most dramatic book...the year's most distinguished picture! See more »
Plot:
An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(9 articles)
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User Reviews:
Beautiful film about abject loneliness See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Tom Rath

Jennifer Jones ... Betsy Rath

Fredric March ... Ralph Hopkins

Marisa Pavan ... Maria Montagne

Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Bernstein

Ann Harding ... Helen Hopkins

Keenan Wynn ... Sgt. Caesar Gardella

Gene Lockhart ... Bill Hawthorne

Gigi Perreau ... Susan Hopkins
Portland Mason ... Janey Rath

Arthur O'Connell ... Gordon Walker

Henry Daniell ... Bill Ogden
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Manter
Joseph Sweeney ... Edward M. Schultz
Sandy Descher ... Barbara Rath
Mickey Maga ... Pete Rath
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tristram Coffin ... Byron Holgate (scenes deleted)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Antonio Bulaga (scenes deleted)

Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Hopkins' Maid (uncredited)

Leon Alton ... Cliff Otis (uncredited)
Gene Ardell ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Jim Brandt ... German Soldier (uncredited)
John Breen ... Waiter (uncredited)
Kenneth Brischof ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Alfred Caiazza ... Italian Boy (uncredited)

Alexander Campbell ... Walter Johnson (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Florence (uncredited)

Johnny Crawford ... Italian Boy with Groceries (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Business Executive (uncredited)
Stuart W. Culp ... Paratrooper (uncredited)

Robert Fuller ... (uncredited)
Paul Glass ... Soldier (uncredited)
Roy Glenn ... Sgt. Matthews (uncredited)
Phyllis Graffeo ... Gina Gardella (uncredited)
Lee Graham ... Crew Chief (uncredited)
Jerry Hall ... Freddie (uncredited)

Joy Harmon ... (uncredited)

Clark Howat ... Soldier (uncredited)

William Hudson ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Alfred J. Sims (uncredited)

DeForest Kelley ... Medic (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Army Corporal on Leave (uncredited)
King Lockwood ... Business Executive (uncredited)

Nan Martin ... Polly Lawrence (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Police Sgt. Haggerty (uncredited)

Dorothy Phillips ... Mr. Hopkins' Maid (uncredited)
William Phipps ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Gene Reynolds ... Soldier (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Elevator-Starter (uncredited)
Bob Taylor ... Paratrooper (uncredited)

Kenneth Tobey ... Lt. Hank Mahoney (uncredited)
Renata Vanni ... Italian Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Langdon A. Viracola ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Miriam (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Hopkins' Physician (uncredited)
Raymond Winston ... Italian Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Nunnally Johnson 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)

Sloan Wilson (novel)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gaston Glass .... production manager (uncredited)
Saul Wurtzel .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Herman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton R. Krasner .... location photographer (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
John Intlekofer .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Other crew
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Richard H. Case .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
153 min | West Germany:122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #17865) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Author Sloan Wilson's personal choice to play Tom Rath in the film version of his best-selling novel was Montgomery Clift.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Tom and his unit are transferred from Italy in July 1945 (according to what he tells Betty later) to the Pacific. They then participate in a major airborne amphibious assault. Problem: There were no major actions in the Pacific at that time. The last one, the Battle of Okinawa, ended in June. It had no airborne element.See more »
Quotes:
Maria Montagne:Could you possibly give me some Spam?
Tom Rath:You like Spam?
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(I'm a) Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia TechSee more »

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59 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful film about abject loneliness, 16 November 2004
Author: Christopher Peznola from Boston

Other reviewers have commented that this film is too long, boring, and some have noted that the director was an unknown and incapable. Nothing could be further from the truth, Nunnally Johnson has written, directed and produced many significant films, including the Oscar winning, Three Faces of Eve.

This film's use of subtlety, colors, light and its development of the characters is so powerful that the film leaves its viewer, even today, with an overwhelming feeling of regret. Regret for wasting life on work, worry and the pursuit of happiness, in lieu of actual happiness.

The purpose of a great film is not to entertain, but to evoke emotions that live inside us, but are rarely accessed. This film is one of the greats, for its uncanny ability to, in a timeless way, draw out the futility of modern capitalist life without being obvious or overpowering. You just feel bad, and that's good.

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