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The Young Lions (1958)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  2 April 1958 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Arthur Franz ...
Lt. Green
Hal Baylor ...
Pvt. Burnecker
Richard Gardner ...
Pvt. Crowley
Herbert Rudley ...
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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20th CENTURY-FOX PRESENTS ALL THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF the Young Lions (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Dean Martin stepped into the role of Michael Whiteacre when Tony Randall became indisposed. It was a move that solidified Martin's solo film career after his split from Jerry Lewis two years earlier. According to Randall and producer Buddy Adler, MCA, who had Brando and Clift under contract, insisted that their client Dean Martin be cast, or they would pull the other stars. A subsequent grand jury case caused MCA to lose some of its power because of the circumstances involved in the casting of "The Young Lions." See more »

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There are several instances of characters giving post - war views. Dean Martin says that in ten year Germany and Japan will be allies. Francoise mentions head - shaving for collaborators which started after Liberation. The extermination camp commandant would not have known details of the numbers of those killed in total and details of other camps. 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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Soundtracks

Das Lied der Deutschen
(uncredited)
aka "Deutschland Uber Alles" or "Das Deutschlandlied"
Music by Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
Sung at the party in Bavaria
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Young men thrown into a terrible conflict
6 September 2006 | by (Colombia) – See all my reviews

An interesting vision of young men in war. The idealist, the shy and the playboy get to war. All will be changed by the horror of the conflict, not only with enemy troops, but within their ranks.

Lt. Christian Diestl's (Marlon Brando) sense of honor and gentle behavior clashes with the cruel, senseless attitude of his superior, Capt. Hardenberg, realistically played by Maximilian Schell.

Private Ackerman (Montgomery Clift) a shy unassuming Jewish boy becomes a courageous soldier, opposing both enemy soldiers and the bigotry of their comrades.

Private Withacre, a playboy who tries to avoid duty (Dean Martin), finally ends up resigning a safe post to join the fighting in Normandy, and becoming a soldier.

The usual Black and White shooting enhances the cruelty of WWII. If you find it, don't miss this performance by great actors.


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