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The Lost Battalion (2001)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj. Charles White Whittlesey (as Rick Schroder)
Capt. George McMurtry
Sgt. Gaedeke
Lt. Leak
Capt. Nelson Holderman, Co. K 307 th
Pvt. Phillip Cepeglia
Pvt. Jacob Rosen
Pvt. Lipasti - Runner
Rhys Miles Thomas ...
Pvt. Bob Yoder (sharpshooter)
Arthur Kremer ...
Pvt. Abraham Krotoshinsky
Adam Kotz ...
Col. Johnson
Pvt. Omer Richards (carrier pigeons)
Pvt. Nat Henchman
George Calil ...
Pvt. Lowell R. Hollingshead
Wolf Kahler ...
Gen. von Sybel


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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The passage that Whittlesy quotes to comfort the dying soldier with the blood-soaked Bible is Psalm 71:1-5, KJV. See more »


When they attack the machine gun nest in the woods a German soldier is stabbed in the neck (with the sound effect) with a gun that has no bayonet. See more »


Yoder: Hey, how come you guys from New York call everybody "buddy"?
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Lipasti: Never heard of it. I didn't know they let apple-knockers into this outfit.
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The Horror, the Horror
26 November 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

My God, what an incredible movie it is! Reminded me so much of the similar scene in Mel Gibson's movie "We were Soldiers" when "the Company is not lost, they're just cut off" And the other scene in Pearl Harbour when the British officer says to Ben Affleck "If all Americans are like you, then God help the nation that goes to war with America!

Put all 3 movies together and you would have enough BULLSHIT to fertilise the entire Sahara Desert.

The story of the cut-off Battalion may be real enough but the movie could have done without all that American preachy jingoistic propaganda attached to it. There were audible groans in the cinema during the above-mentioned scene in Pearl Harbour (no kidding either) The Lost Battalion however is really in a class of its own ….

"Americans think they are unbeatable…inspired bravery…. " I actually cringed and damn near puked at all the swill being spewed out throughout this diarrhoeic disaster (the movie that is)

The fighting scenes were well made (3 stars for that) but if the script is manure, then wrapped even in brightly coloured ribbons, it is still manure. The writer, James Carabatsos, also wrote those other screamers…Hamburger Hill, No Mercy , Heartbreak Ridge. Someone, please shoot him before he writes any more such garbage.

The Director, Russell Mulcahy is an Australian too. God, the shame!!!

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