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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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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
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Capt. Colclough
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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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2 April 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die jungen Löwen  »

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Budget:

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

Marlon Brando plays a Nazi soldier in this movie. He would play a Nazi again in Morituri (1965), both this film and that movie were filmed in black-and-white and were made for the same studio, 20th Century Fox. See more »

Goofs

The same footage of the British camp in North Africa is used three times while the Germans await the sunrise. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Hardenberg: [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: [confused] Uh, I wish I was back in Austria! I wish I was back in the snow... in the winter... in the mountains...
Capt. Hardenberg: [impatient] Not like that! Talk about something else!
Lt. Christian Diestl: [amused] Can I talk about what I did with your wife the last time I was in Berlin?
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Connections

Featured in Marlon Brando: The Wild One (1996) 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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User Reviews

One of Brando's best performances in an excellent parallel-narratives picture which shows us the human side of war.

The Young Lions sticks to its aim of showing us the human experience of war... Though it more often than not does this in a way which also filled the studio's quota of love scenes.

For a war picture, in fact, there are more love scenes than war scenes! In the first hour, you'd think you were in the wrong movie!

BRANDO FANS ALERT: This is one of his better performances, even one of his best i'd say.

Be warned: the picture is sort of episodic, and bounces between the germans and the americans every twenty minutes, developing parallel narratives. It can seem fairly uneven, for that reason.

How did Monty and Dean manage to be friends before the war and be drafted into the exact same platoon? Magic.

8/10.


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