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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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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
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Lt. Green
Hal Baylor ...
Pvt. Burnecker
Richard Gardner ...
Pvt. Crowley
Herbert Rudley ...
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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Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 April 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die jungen Löwen  »

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Budget:

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"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. During World War II, Shaw was a warrant officer in the United States Army. See more »

Goofs

At the conference of German officers in the desert, the senior German officer says that they were expecting a frontal attack from the Allies at any time. From the following stock footage it is apparent that they are referring to EL Alamein. However, the Germans were completely unaware of Allied plans and were taken completely by surprise. 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 You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.22 (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

How About You
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Music by Burton Lane
Performed by Michael Whiteacre at his party
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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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