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Director:
Writers:
Philip Yordan (written by) &
Milton Sperling (written by) ...
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Release Date:
16 December 1965 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Unlike anything you've ever seen before See more »
Plot:
A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more »
User Reviews:
No excuses, this film is the "Plan 9 from Outer Space" of all war films See more (120 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Ken Annakin 
 
Writing credits
Philip Yordan (written by) &
Milton Sperling (written by) &
John Melson (written by)

Produced by
Milton Sperling .... producer
Philip Yordan .... producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Sidney Harmon .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard (director of photography)
 
Art Direction by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
 
Costume Design by
Laure Lourié  (as Laure DeZarate)
 
Makeup Department
Trevor Crole-Rees .... makeup artist
José María Sánchez .... makeup artist (as Jose Maria Sanchez)
 
Production Management
Leon Chooluck .... unit manager
Juan Estelrich .... unit manager
Bernard Glasser .... production supervisor
Miguel Pérez Marián .... unit manager (as Miguel Perez)
Tíbor Reves .... production manager (as Tibor Reves)
Gregorio Sacristán .... production manager (as Gregorio Sacristan)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luis García .... assistant director (as Luis Garcia)
José López Rodero .... assistant director (as Jose Lopez Rodero)
Martín Sacristán .... assistant director (as Martin Sacristan)
 
Sound Department
Kurt Hernfeld .... sound editor (as Kurt Herrnfeld)
David Hildyard .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Alban Streeter .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles-Henri Assola .... miniature construction (as Henri Assola)
Basilio Cortijo .... special effectsman
Richard Parker .... special effectsman
Alex Weldon .... chief of special effects
Kit West .... special effectsman
 
Visual Effects by
Francisco Prósper .... miniatures (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunt double (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Anscombe .... camera assistant
John Cabrera .... second unit photography
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Jack Willoughby .... aerial photography
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Simminger .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Derek Parsons .... supervising editor
Lester A. Sansom .... post-production executive
 
Music Department
Benjamin Frankel .... conductor
The Philharmonia Orchestra .... orchestra (as The New Philharmonia Orchestra)
 
Other crew
Janet Brandt .... dialogue coach
Louis Brandt .... production coordinator (as Lou Brandt)
Sherman Joffe .... military advisor (as Lt. Col. Sherman Joffe)
Joy Mercer .... script supervisor
Luis Martín Pozuelo .... military advisor (as Lt. Col. Luis Martin DePozuelo)
Meinrad von Lauchert .... military advisor (as Maj. Gen. {a.D.} Meinrad Von Lauchert)
Marie Wachsman .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Edward King .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Sherman Joffe .... we also wish to acknowledge the invaluable assistance rendered by the following military advisors (as Lt.Col. Sherman Joffe)
Luis Martín Pozuelo .... we also wish to acknowledge the invaluable assistance rendered by the following military advisors (as Lt.Col. Luis Martin DePozuelo)
Meinrad von Lauchert .... we also wish to acknowledge the invaluable assistance rendered by the following military advisors (as Maj.Gen. {a.D.} Meinrad Von Lauchert)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
167 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (1966) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: extended version: 162 min) (2006) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1993) (1996) | USA:Approved (Certificate #20947) | USA:Not Rated (DVD) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
The small plane Col. Kiley (Henry Fonda) used for his reconnaissance missions is a Piper Cub known in the military simply as the L-4 and nicknamed the Grasshopper. These were not initially purpose-built military planes. The Piper Cub was a small civil aviation plane popular with private pilots that was pressed into wartime service. Its ability to take off and land in relatively short distances on dirt fields made it very useful to troops operating in remote or forward areas. Though completely unarmed, they carried out a number of vital missions including reconnaissance, artillery spotting, supply drop and even air ambulance.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening scene all external shots of the recon plane show clear skies. Yet shots from the cockpit and from the colonel's car show it is mostly cloudy.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Col. Daniel Kiley:[Kiley is selecting men for a night patrol] I'll take that sergeant.
Maj. Wolenski:OK. But I'll pick the rest of your volunteers.
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Soundtrack:
PanzerliedSee more »

FAQ

Why did the offensive ultimately fail?
Midwest Premiere Happened Where & When?
Why did the Allies not realise the Germans were about to attack?
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104 out of 146 people found the following review useful.
No excuses, this film is the "Plan 9 from Outer Space" of all war films, 23 December 2006
Author: ebonius (ebonius@dodgeit.com) from United States

As the son of a man who fought and almost died in the Battle of the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge is a stupid name that brings to mind something to do with weight control), I not only think this is the worst action picture I've ever seen, I'm ashamed that Hollywood insulted our veterans with this stinker two decades after the battle in which so many Americans died to turn the tide in Europe. You know it must be pretty insulting to war veterans if Ike himself bothered to become a movie critic and denounce it as demeaning to our soldiers and their memory.

I try never to say I hate something, but I hate this movie on every possible level. In the war movie genre, it's a zero. In the historical recreation genre, it is a sub-zero. As an action picture, it is unbelievable. Quite simply the only reason anyone should watch this thing is to catalog a list of things you should avoid doing if you ever decide to make a war movie.

By now, you've already read about the gaffs: The anachronisms like a German reading Playboy magazine in the background. The cheap and silly plastic-models-on-a-tabletop war scenes ala Godzilla, The breathtaking inappropriate location of the filming on the Spanish plains instead of using, if not Belgium, then at least some northern European forest country with snow! I mean, my God, would you film a movie about Eskimos in Venezuela? And some reviewers here struggle to make apologies for all this, saying in essence "So what? It was a fun war movie." Who cares if it was filmed in a desert instead of the Ardennes forest? Who cares if they made the Germans into cartoonish Nazis and the Allies into G.I. Joe and Sgt. Rock comic book heroes? Who cares if almost nothing is as it was during the battle?

Well then, why bother to make a movie with the specific title "Battle of the Bulge" at all? Why not just call it, "Clash of the Panzers"? I know, it was the 1960s and it was just meant to entertain and jerk a few bucks out of people's pockets with gimmicks like Cinerama and marquee brand names like Henry Fonda. I know all that.

But it was an insult to the vets who fought and died there. They said it at the time it was made. I can't get beyond that. I have walked the forests and fields around Bastogne where my father endured such an ordeal he would not ever speak of when he was alive. I've walked among the white gravestones of men who died there. I can't bring myself to get to, "So what? It's just a movie." Neither, apparently could the many vets who decided to take their families to this picture when it was released, and then had to sit there, embarrassed and speechless as this movie made a mockery of their struggle.

I fully expect that I'll get a negative rating as to how many people found my comments "useful," but that's OK. From what I've seen, people tend not to like criticism of a film based on subjective, rather than objective remarks. In this case however, I don't care if I get a single "useful" vote. This movie was a travesty in its day, and worse now with the passage of time. It is truly the "Plan 9 From Outer Space" of war movies.

But ending on a positive note: I'd like to see somebody do a spoof film about the making of this movie and how everybody from the screenwriters, to the director and actors and location scouts to the extras in the background didn't give a flying flip about what they were working on except getting a paycheck. That, I'd watch.

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