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The Lost Battalion (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama | War  -  2 December 2001 (USA)
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Fact-based war drama about an American battalion of over 500 men which gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of World War I.

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Maj. Charles White Whittlesey (as Rick Schroder)
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Capt. George McMurtry
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Sgt. Gaedeke
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Lt. Leak
...
Capt. Nelson Holderman, Co. K 307 th
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Pvt. Phillip Cepeglia
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Pvt. Jacob Rosen
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Pvt. Lipasti - Runner
Rhys Miles Thomas ...
Pvt. Bob Yoder (sharpshooter)
Arthur Kremer ...
Pvt. Abraham Krotoshinsky
Adam Kotz ...
Col. Johnson
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Pvt. Omer Richards (carrier pigeons)
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George Calil ...
Pvt. Lowell R. Hollingshead
Wolf Kahler ...
Gen. von Sybel
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In 1918 in World War I, in the Meuse-Argonne Sector in France, the former New York lawyer and Major Charles White Whittlesey is assigned by Gen. Robert Alexander to a massive suicidal attack against the German forces in the Argonne Forest with his five-hundred-man battalion. However, the forces supposed to be giving support through the flanks retreat and the communications with the headquarter of the 77th American Division are cut. Major Wittlesey holds his position with his men, mostly Irish, Polish, Italian and Jewish immigrants from New York, surrounded by the German army. Without food, water, ammunition and medical supplies, only two hundred men survive after five days of siege. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Caught between two lines of fire, the Germans gave them two options: surrender or die. They chose a third.

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Az elveszett zászlóalj  »

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At one point, there is an exchange to the effect of: "You're never gonna make it to Corporal." "I just want to make it to civilian." This dialogue is taken almost verbatim from the WWII film A Walk in the Sun (1945). See more »

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Sgt. Gaedeke's sleeve insignia are of WWII vintage, not WWI. WWI sergeant stripes were made of khaki or olive drab colored cloth. The stripes in the film are embroidered navy blue on olive drab. See more »

Quotes

Yoder: Hey, how come nobody ever calls me Bob?
Cepheglia: Who's Bob?
Rosen: He's Bob you dumb Dago. Haven't you ever heard of a first name?
Cepheglia: Your first name is Private. You're gonna be Private all your life Rosen. You'll never make Corporal.
Rosen: All I wanna make is civilian.
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A good one!
24 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rick Schroeder stars in this made for A&E true story of an American battalion during WW1. In particular, it tells the true about a battle that resulted in the awarding of 3 Medals of Honor. This film contains a lot of battle scenes and they are quite bloody. It's the story, told from pretty much only the American and German sides, of a battle in the ending weeks of the war. The killing continues unabated, and there is plenty of blood and action to suit even the most action craving viewer. The Americans have penetrated deeply into German held territory and threaten the entire German front from behind. Naturally, the Germans want the Americans out of their area and put forth a maximum effort to dislodge them. But the Americans plan to stay and the resulting battle over the next 3 days or so is graphically depicted. There's not a woman in the film at all; the entire film takes place on the battlefield. Yet, even without romantic interludes, there are very few minutes in the film without some sort of action. The entire cast did a great job. All in all, a very enjoyable and well-made film!


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