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Bitter Victory (1957)

 -  Drama | War  -  March 1958 (USA)
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A commander receives a citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved as the commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.

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Captain Leith
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Major Brand (as Curt Jurgens) (as Curd Jurgens: in closing credits)
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Jane Brand
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Mekrane
Anthony Bushell ...
General Paterson
Alfred Burke ...
Lt.Colonel Callander
Sean Kelly ...
Lieutenant Barton
Ramón de Larrocha ...
Lieutenant Sanders (as Ramon De Larrocha)
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Sergeant Barney
Ronan O'Casey ...
Sergeant Dunnigan
Fred Matter ...
Oberst Lutze
Raoul Delfosse ...
Lieutenant Kassel
Andrew Crawford ...
Private Roberts
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Private Wilkins
Harry Landis ...
Private Browning
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In North Africa during World War II, Major David Brand is assigned to lead a British commando raid into German-held Benghazi to retrieve whatever documents they can lay their hands on at the German headquarters. His number two will be Capt. Jimmy Leith who speaks Arabic fluently and knows Benghazi well. Brand also learns that Leith and his beautiful wife Jane were lovers before the war creating tension between the two. Brand is untested in battle and freezes at a critical moment, losing the respect of his men. After the raid, the trek back is arduous and takes it's toll on the men. It also results in only one of the two senior officers surviving. Written by garykmcd

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Jane Brand: What if he doesn't come back?
Capt. Leith: Then he and I and you become part of history, of its futility.
Jane Brand: Don't talk to me in riddles, Jimmy.
Capt. Leith: It's a long time since I was in Libya. The Romans built wonderful cities in Libya: dead bones sticking out of the sand. War rolled over them. It'll be good to see them again.
Jane Brand: You always seemed to prefer stones to people.
Capt. Leith: I've learned things from stones.
Jane Brand: What?
Capt. Leith: All that people have forgotten in the centuries.
Jane Brand: I seem to remember I was less than a stone to you. I loved ...
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Boring
16 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just another British anti-war movie with all the usual ingredients…secret mission, getting lost in the desert, Richard Burton etc. This one decides to focus a little more on the conflict between the two officers in command. Which means less time for actual plot development and good combat sequences…or any combat sequences for that matter. There's only one real battle, and it's near the beginning. The rest of the movie just coasts along till its disappointing ending. In addition, it feels cheap, as if corners were cut in order to spend as little money as possible. And with a love triangle dominating the subplot, this really doesn't even feel like a war movie. You almost forget there is a war going on. Which is not good for a movie that is supposed to be about a secret mission. In short, rather than a good war movie, this is a boring love story that happens to be incidentally taking place during World War II. 1.5 out of 5 action rating


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