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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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Cast

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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
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Simone
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1st Sgt. Rickett
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Françoise
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Sgt. Brandt
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Lt. Green
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Pvt. Burnecker
Richard Gardner ...
Pvt. Crowley
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Capt. Colclough
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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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Irwin Shaw's monumental best-seller See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Release Date:

2 April 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die jungen Löwen  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)|

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The novel on which this film was based was its author's Irwin Shaw's first novel and it was published in 1949, eight years before this film was made. See more »

Goofs

When Diestl visits Hardenburg at the Hospital the background changes as he walks into the room: a screen appears behind him after he enters the room and stops. 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 Montgomery Clift (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

There'll Always Be An England
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Music by Ross Parker & Harry Parr Davies
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
Heard during the El Alamein scenes
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Peace in our time?
11 November 2002 | by (Moss Landing, CA) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie several times and catch something different every time I see it. Today is the first time I've seen it from the beginning. In the context of the time it was made, it was a bold statement about the human factor in any war. Brando shines and plays a sympathetic character who sees first hand the evil that men do in the name of patriotism.

Made at a time when the Americans that liberated the concentration camps were in their prime and there weren't any idiots running around claiming it was a lie, we see how ordinary citizens respond to the unthinkable. Brando's character stands in for the citizens of the Reich who claimed they were clueless about the genocide while the ashes from the smokestacks fell like snow on their towns. We see the horror and the denial.

It briefly explores a major taboo--interracial/interfaith marriages. It looks at racism in the context of anti-Semitcism (unfortunately still alive and well in America) and one man's courage in opposing it. Ironic this brand of racism, as the founder of the prevelant religion in America was a Jewish rabbi.

This movie is worth the 3 hours of time; it would make a great set piece with "Judgement at Nuremberg" which also showcases the talents of many of the actors from this film.

Good acting from all players in this film. It presages Robert Altman with the interweaving of the characters' lives from the first shot where Barbara Rush and Brando debate the merits of the Fatherland to the last scene in the forest where the end comes full circle.


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