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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
Dora Doll ...
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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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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Irwin Shaw's monumental best-seller 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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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)|

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both one of this film's stars, Montgomery Clift, and source novelist Irwin Shaw complained about the many changes made to the book for the film. Clift stated that the film bore no resemblance to Shaw's novel. Shaw later said that Monty was "bitter as I was at the deformation of the book." Apparently, Clift once promised that if Brando tries to die at the end of the picture with his arms outstretched in a Christ like motif, he would walk off the set. See more »

Goofs

When Noah meets Hope at Michael's party she's wearing a low cut evening gown, but when they step out for a walk along the river, she's wearing a dress with a collar. See more »

Quotes

Michael Whiteacre: Sometimes I think I give off a scent or something, you know, rouses the female.
Noah Ackerman: Hmm?
Michael Whiteacre: Those girls.
Noah Ackerman: Where?
Michael Whiteacre: Oh now wait a minute. You mean to tell me that you didn't--Oh your antenna's turned off.
Noah Ackerman: No, I frankly didn't notice.
Michael Whiteacre: Oh, you're sick.
Michael Whiteacre: Have you ever had a girl?
Noah Ackerman: Have I ever had a girl?
Michael Whiteacre: That's what I thought!
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Connections

Featured in Marlon Brando: The Wild One (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Horst Wessel Lied
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Horst Wessel
Sung at the party in Bavaria
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Destroys the power of the book
8 October 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a textbook example of how Hollywood didn't (doesn't) trust moviegoers, and panders to its big name stars. The character of Christian is completely re-written, the anti-semitism Noah faces from his own army unit is virtually eliminated, Michael's story is changed significantly, and the end result is to decimate the power and terrible beauty of the book. I almost wish I hadn't even seen it, because of the ability of movies (sounds and images) to resonate so powerfully in your brain; I would have much rather just been left with the impression of the book. The book could have been written today, it is that honest and brave. The movie, neither. My advice: SKIP the movie; READ the book.


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