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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
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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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Pvt. Nat Henchman
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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Trivia

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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When the plane is ready to take off for reconnaissance, the engine is started electronically. At the time of the war, engines were started by spinning the propeller blades manually, rather than by an electric ignition. See more »

Quotes

Capt. McMurtry: Lieutenant Leak.
Lt. Leak: Yes Sir.
Capt. McMurtry: I'm Captain McMurtry. Welcome to the 308th
Lt. Leak: Captain, uh, there must be some mistake. I'm supposed to be in a Texas unit. Most of these boys are from New York and I just don't understand a word these city fellers are sayin'.
Capt. McMurtry: You don't have to understand them Lieutenant, they have to understand you.
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Superior war film
17 September 2002 | by (Brisbane, California) – See all my reviews

Without the extreme violence and profanity of "Saving Private Ryan" or "Black Hawk Down", Mulcahy's film achieves a higher level of cinematic and emotional success than either of its modern counterparts. The balance of true-life horror and tear-evoking courage and honor is perhaps more beliveable and acceptible than in the fictional "Ryan" or the questionable context of "Black Hawk". That is for history to evaluate. In the case of "Ryan", the ridiculous premise, based upon the true-life scenario of the deaths of the fighting Sullivan brothers, pales in comparison to the true story of Whittlesey and his battalion's mission to serve the entire American Army and its allies, not just one family. In addition, "The Lost Battalion" is a comparable technical tour-de-force, although perhaps Mulcahy derives some directorial inspiration from Spielberg. He compensates for this be eliciting a superior performance from Rick Shroeder than Spielberg did from Hanks, and by adding some nifty special effects shots here and there. This is a film that mixes the respect for the fighting soldier with a disdain for inept command, and war in general. There is no other agenda here, because the truth tells its own story. Rent this, or buy it. You will not be disappointed.


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