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The Lost Battalion (2001)

TV-14 | | Action, Drama, War | TV Movie 2 December 2001
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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Maj. Charles White Whittlesey (as Rick Schroder)
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Capt. George McMurtry
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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
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Pvt. Bob Yoder (sharpshooter)
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Col. Johnson
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Pvt. Lowell R. Hollingshead
Wolf Kahler ...
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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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Action | Drama | War

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Az elveszett zászlóalj  »

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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 Private Yoder shoots the German sniper, he cycles his weapon but no spent casing ejects. See more »

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Krotoshinsky: He
[Lipasti]
Krotoshinsky: thinks you might want to buy a bridge.
Yoder: What bridge?
Lipasti: The Brooklyn Bridge. What other bridge is there? What kind of an army is this, we come all the way to France and they stick us with boys from Daisyville.
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Referenced in Laurel Canyon (2002) See more »

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A Tale of Bravery and Courage
3 July 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1918 in World War I, in the Meuse-Argonne Sector in France, the former New York lawyer and Major Charles White Whittlesey (Rick Schroder) is assigned by Gen. Robert Alexander (Michael Brandon) to a massive suicidal attack against the German forces in the Argonne Forest with his five hundred men 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 Jew gangsters 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.

Based on a true event, "The Lost Battalion" is a great tale of bravery and courage. I do not know how accurate the facts are displayed, but I liked this movie very much. The battle scenes are very gore and realistic, in a war of trenches and bayonets, and the actors have great performances, being impossible to highlight an individual acting. Just as a curiosity, this film does not have any actress, only men in the cast. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Último Batalhão" ("The Last Battalion")


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