Battle of the Bulge (1965)

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A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Pritchard
Barbara Werle ...
Hans Christian Blech ...
Werner Peters ...
Karl-Otto Alberty ...
Von Diepel (as Karl Otto Alberty)
Steve Rowland ...


In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent this occurrence, Hitler orders an all out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp. "The Battle of the Bulge" shows this conflict from the perspective of an American intelligence officer as well as from a German Panzer Commander. Written by Anthony Hughes <>

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The last desperate fight that changed the course of history. See more »


Drama | History | War


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16 December 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzte Schlacht  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.20 : 1
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This film was shot in Ultra Panavision for showing in Cinerama venues. See more »


When Duffy is first introduced, putting "merchandise" back on his tank, he asks one of his men to get him some cigarettes. The man goes to the rear of the tank and opens a box containing cartons with various brands. The carton removed for Duffy is Lucky Strikes in their prewar green livery. In 1942 Lucky Strike changed its packaging colors from green and red to white and red. Its ad campaign stated that "Lucky Strike Green had gone to war." This was done because the green ink was made using copper, and copper was needed for the war effort. See more »


Joe: What am I doing up here? It's like flying inside a light bulb.
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Lyrics by Kurt Wiehle
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Sloppy Production
6 May 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

You know you`re in for a bad film when the first ten minutes are composed entirely of actors sitting in front of back projection trying to convince you they`re in a plane or a car. BATTLE OF THE BULGE does this , but it doesn`t warn you how bad it all becomes later on. I`ll warn you, this is one bad war film.

The worst thing about BATTLE OF THE BULGE is that it`s based on the real life Ardennes campaign of December 1944 when the Nazis threw the last of their reserves into trying to beat the allies in Western Europe , and this film is a lost opportunity to show the facts. " I need to look inside one of those tiger tanks " says Henry Fonda . But they`re not Tigers , as everyone else has noticed they`re American tanks from another generation. A German tiger tank has a very distinctive square shape . Couldn`t the script have been changed so that they could have been Panther tanks ? At least Panther tanks had roundish angles like the ones used in this film.

And the editing is extremely suspect. One scene features a wooded forest covered in snow then the next scene features a landscape devoid of trees and without a flake of snow ! Worst of all in the final scenes when characters walk on the ground dust can clearly be seen following their footsteps, the terrain they are walking hasn`t seen snow or rain for weeks ! It`s like the director and editor have been splicing scenes from another film . This is bad enough but what makes it so bad is a line spoken by a German General at the start of the film when he mentions fog hiding the German advance so that the allies can`t use their massive air support to slow down the advance , but up untill the last half hour there`s been nothing but bright blue skies to be seen !

If you enjoyed this film may I also recommend THE PRODUCERS which features SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER , the true story of Adolph Hitler`s all singing all dancing stormtroopers

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