In Korea, on 6 September 1950, Lieutenant Benson's platoon finds itself isolated in enemy-held territory after a retreat. Soon they are joined by Sergeant Montana, whose overriding concern is caring for his catatonic colonel. Benson and Montana can't stand each other, but together they must get the survivors to Hill 465, where they hope the division is waiting. It's a long, harrowing march, fraught with all the dangers the elusive enemy can summon. Who will survive? Written by
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When Lt Benson and his platoon reach a spot that is under heavy enemy artillery fire, Benson halts his men. He then takes out a pocket notebook and, over an extended period of time, calls out the names of his men alphabetically and instructs them to run through the shelled area to the other side during shelling pauses. In actual combat, a leader would never take the time to consult a name list for such a maneuver. In addition, Benson should have known the names of his men by heart without having to use the book. See more »
Battalion doesn't exist. Regiment doesn't exist. Command HQ doesn't exist. The U.S.A. doesn't exist... We're the only ones left to fight this war.
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Director Anthony Mann deserves a lot of credit for this fine war flick.
Men In War was directed by Anthony Mann,who was really more known for his big budget westerns. This, his first and last attempt at a war film, stands out with its realistic battle scenes involving stylish camera angles and innovative editing. Robert Ryan as Lt Benson and Aldo Ray as "Montana, are outstanding as their characters are at odds from the very beginning. Look for James Edwards, who was one of the first black actors to rise above the general sterotypes, even before Sidney Pottier came along. Men In War is worth seeing, especially the last half of the film as it builds to an intense conclusion.
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