When the American soldiers come upon Han and his German Shepherd, which he has named "Lobo", Han--played by young Hispanic actor Manuel Padilla--gets angry and shouts at the dog, "Kill, Lobo!" "Lobo" is Spanish for "wolf"; it's unlikely, to say the least, that a small boy living in an isolated farming area in early 1950s Korea would be able to speak three languages--Korean, English and Spanish. See more »
Actually, I didn't find this movie as terrible as you might think. Yes, it has numerous flaws, and moves slow (even for an 84-minute movie). It doesn't compare favorably to other war / action movies of the time. Still, it's one of a comparatively few movies made about the Korean War, and the plot contains several twists to keep it interesting and keep you wondering about the final outcome. I would only suggest that THE YOUNG AND THE BRAVE is more appropriate for children (7-14 years old), who will enjoy and understand the relatively simple and understandable plot, not be confused by too many characters, and possibly identify with the young Han. Adults, on the other hand, will be easily distracted by the movie's flaws and find its "sanitized" story perhaps less enjoyable. Overall, through, it's not a bad movie on the scale of some supposed "classics." A good family movie for a cold Friday night around the VCR. Then put the kids to bed and watch SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
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