Intelligent, sprawling saga of a squad of American soldiers, following them through Europe during World War II.

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Cast

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Pvt. George Baker (as Vincent Edwards)
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Russian Soldier
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Cpl. Theodore Trower
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Magda
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French Woman
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Cpl. Frank Chase
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French Lieutenant
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Maria
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Regine
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Helga Metzger
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Eldridge
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Weaver
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Pvt. Robert Grogan (as Jim Mitchum)
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Trudi Metzger
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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 alfiehitchie

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DYNAMITE! - From the man who fired "The Guns of Navarone." See more »

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War | Drama

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Die Sieger  »

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Trivia

Steve McQueen turned down the lead role because he didn't want to get typecast in war movies. See more »

Goofs

"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 »

Quotes

[Craig is sound asleep in the French Woman's bed. Sounds of explosions and gunfire rage on outside, but he doesn't stir. A noise startles him awake and he grabs his gun barrel]
Sgt. Craig: Who's there?
[It's the French Woman. She's cowering in a corner of the bedroom]
French Woman: I'm sorry. I didn't want to disturb you, but I'm frightened. I just wanted to stay here, near someone.
Sgt. Craig: Those are our guns, I think.
French Woman: Mmm... It's not the guns, it's the planes! They were bombing till a moment ago, and you never woke up!
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. All a poet can do today is warn . . ." WILFRED OWEN Born March 18, 1893 Killed in France, November 4, 1918. See more »

Connections

References Little Miss Marker (1934) See more »

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Does Goodnight Mean Goodbye?
By Howard Greenfield Jack Keller Gerry Goffin
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A forgotten War Classic
30 June 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

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.


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