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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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 to which this film was based was it's author's Irwin Shaw's first novel and it was first published in 1949, about nine years before this film was made. See more »
The opening title states it's New Year's Eve 1938 in Bavaria, yet at the stroke of 12, the baby comes out with a sash that says 1938 - when it should read 1939. See more »
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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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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