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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Action | Drama | War

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Die jungen Löwen  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Randall was replaced by Dean Martin in the role of Michael Whiteacre. This was apparently due to MCA's insistence that there be an actor each from the four major entertainment sectors: night clubs, recordings, television, and movies, "a quadruple threat", so to speak. 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

Draft Board Physician: You know, for a man your age, you're in excellent health. How do you manage it?
Michael Whiteacre: Clean liquor.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.22 (1959) See more »

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Bless 'Em All
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Written by Fred Godfrey, Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake
Heard at the restaurant where Margaret and Whiteacre are dining
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Destroys the power of the book
8 October 2004 | by 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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