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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
"The Young Lions" novel that this film is based on was based on author Irwin Shaw's experiences in Europe during the Second World War. See more »
At the end, when Noah Ackerman is walking across the street to meet his wife who is coming toward him, he has his uniform trousers "bloused" at the tops of his combat boots. This was only done by Airborne troops but Ackerman was in the infantry so this would have been improper. See more »
[two Nazi officers, escaping on a motorcycle in the middle of the endless desert]
Don't fall asleep, damn you. Talk! Talk to me!
Lt. Christian Diestl:
Uh, I wish I was back in Austria! I wish I was back in the snow... in the winter... in the mountains...
Not like that! Talk about something else!
Lt. Christian Diestl:
Can I talk about what I did with your wife the last time I was in Berlin?
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An eloquent statement with a masterly musical score ever composed for a war film...
More than a passing resemblance exists between Clift's Noah and the Robert E. Lee Prewitt of 'From Here to Eternity.' They are both "hard heads,' determined to live by their own special code of honor The chief difference is that Noah is not alone Throughout the film, he is accompanied by a friend, who has a number of reasons to be against the war Also Noah gets the girl of his dreams He even marries her
'The Young Lions' retains its impact as one of the better films made about war... The combat scenes are limited in scale but brilliantly staged and photographed, with good direction of a complex script and a masterly musical score by Hugo Friedhofer
Director Dmytryk never misses an opportunity to underline how war comes into collision with the destinies of people When Brando encounters May Britt - as the wife of his superior officer, Maximilian Schell - she is the perfect image of Nazi vices: Corrupt, hedonistic, and, of course, condemned along with the rest of the decadent Germans Her hazardous beauty is used as counterpoint to Brando's enthusiasm and beliefs: She represents all that is bad and immoral while he is everything noble and pure
Dmytryk is less awkward depicting the relationship between Clift and Lange: Their Love is a natural condition They belong together Like Robert E. Lee Prewitt, Clift's Noah is ill-at-ease socially When he meets Lange, his reaction is clear, spontaneous, purposeful, direct He begins to babble a lot to make an impression on her, because, as he tells her later, "I was afraid that if I was myself you wouldn't look at me twice." But Hope was gracious enough to attend the guy The young nice girl has at last found her favorite kind of hero
Clift, who finds himself standing up for his rights and for principles he did not even know he had, pared his lines to the minimum needed to convey the essence of Noah Ackerman The prison sequence is a clear and simple proof of it The emotional urgency of the young couple is communicated through looks, small gestures, and soft and tender words of love and caring
Nominated for Best Cinematography, Best music and Best Sound, Dmytryk's motion picture is a moving and eloquent statement of how war collides with the destinies of people and hurls them into a maelstrom
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