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The Young Lions (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 2 April 1958 (USA)
The destiny of three soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian Diestl approves less and less of the war. Jewish-American Noah Ackerman deals with antisemitism at home and ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Noah Ackerman
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Michael Whiteacre
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Hope Plowman
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Margaret Freemantle
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Gretchen Hardenberg
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Capt. Hardenberg
Dora Doll ...
Simone
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1st Sgt. Rickett
Liliane Montevecchi ...
Françoise
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Sgt. Brandt
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Lt. Green
Hal Baylor ...
Pvt. Burnecker
Richard Gardner ...
Pvt. Crowley
Herbert Rudley ...
Capt. Colclough
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Storyline

The destiny of three soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian Diestl approves less and less of the war. Jewish-American Noah Ackerman deals with antisemitism at home and in the army while entertainer Michael Whiteacre transforms from playboy to hero. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Action | Drama | War

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2 April 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die jungen Löwen  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Liliane Montevecchi (Francoise in the film) starred alongside former comedy team partners Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in back to back movies immediately after the duo had parted - this one with Martin, and the year before that, "The Sad Sack" with Lewis. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie Marlon Brando's character is riding in some sort of staff car. The car is right hand drive; the Germans did not use right hand drive. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Hardenberg: The German army is invincible because it is an army that obeys orders. Any order. No matter how distasteful. It has no sentimentalists, no moralists, no individualists. You will have no future in it if you don't understand that. You may have no future at all if you oppose it. I trouble to tell you this because you have a fine record. You will be a creative soldier, once you get all this "thinking" knocked out of you.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.22 (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Michael Whiteacre at his party and heard in the background as well
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One of the most underrated war films of all time.
22 December 2001 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

A movie that truly puts character above all else, this film examines three men and the common threads - more often than anything, the women - that bring them together. Bold statements on individuals' approach and reasons for war are nestled into realistic and moving dialogue. While an anti-war film, it is a fair and even-handed approach to the subject matter that lets you see things through the characters' eyes and lives, and lets an audience make up their own mind on things. This is not to say it is a strictly intellectual film, but the action is not as visceral as recent war films. Because of the directors' involvement with the HUAC, this movie was ignored in 1958 and fell into relative obscurity, but deserves to be rediscovered. I read the book after the film, and found the two together to be an incredibly stimulating lesson in film, literature, and life. See this movie.


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