On August 24, 1939, at a small French cafe, six friends are about to go their separate ways. They vow to reunite on that day each year at the cafe. The film follows each of their lives: one... See full summary »
Gerald Otley, a petty thief and garbage rummager, wakes up one morning, after a drunken night on the town, and finds that he is wanted by the police for murder. And that is only the ... See full summary »
A man stumbles out of a car crash with no memory of what transpired. Everyone who he meets suggests that he is a ruthless man with an aggressive temper. Could he be deliberately blocking ... See full summary »
Restless married couple Maria and Paul take a road trip through Spain with their friend Claire. While Paul and Claire carry on a clandestine affair, Maria becomes obsessed with a recent ... See full summary »
Daniel Thatcher is an American sergeant serving with a British tank corps in North Africa. He and most of his unit are captured by the Germans, who learn his identity as a man who once ... See full summary »
War has no victors, only survivors. Killing destroys the killers as well as the killed; because it murders decency, self-respect and ultimately life itself. The story follows in the footsteps of a squad of young American solders from the early days of the Battle of Britain, through the fierce fighting in Italy and France, to the uneasy peace of Berlin. Written by
Martin Sheen starred in The Execution of Private Slovik (1974), as the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War. While the movie appears to depict the execution scene as happening during the Christmas season (singing of carols), in fact the execution occurred on 31 January 1945. See more »
"Psst! Feind hört mit" meaning "Shh! Enemy is listening" appears in a scene on a wall. Then it changes to incorrect "Psst! Feine hört mit". Then it changes to the correct first version again. See more »
I first saw this movie in 1984. And, try as I might, I have never been able to see it again. It is not available on video (why???) and it seldom plays on television.
More is the shame. We should scream for its imminent release on DVD.
The cast itself is impressive enough: Eli Wallach, George Peppard, Elke Sommer, Peter Fonda...
Still, just try to find it on video.
The movie is of the "War is Hell" genre. It makes some unpleasant watching, long long before "Saving Pvt Ryan" came to the silver screen. And it has a few moments of humor. As a series of vignettes -- each of them memorable -- it is a true masterpiece, as each vignette is a story told and enclosed in and of itself.
The movie builds to a very memorable ending, one I haven't yet forgotten 21 years since the last time I saw it.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?