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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Action | Drama | War

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Also Known As:

Az elveszett zászlóalj  »

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The name "Mulcahy" is carved above the Major's office in the trench. The director of the film was Russell Mulcahy. See more »

Goofs

Private Chinn is left behind at the phone outpost in the woods because the battalion did not have enough phone wire to reach the objective at the mill. However in one scene Major Whittlesey, while at the mill, attempts to contact him by phone but the line is cut. Since the battalion did not have enough wire to reach the mill, he should not have had the phone, it should have been with Chinn. See more »

Quotes

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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Superb Great War re-creation, well worth watching.
12 August 2004 | by (Terranora, NSW, Australia) – See all my reviews

We watched this last night - I only hired it because it was about WWI's Western Front, one of my abiding interests.

This faithful re-creation of the brutal slaughter of two thirds of Whittlesey's battalion in the Argonne Forest in WWI is one of the finest war movies I've seen (and I include Saving Private Ryan in that list).

The director uses the same sort of hand-held camera footage to re-create how the on-going massacres must have looked through the eyes of the men on the ground. The scene where a man takes a direct hit from a bomb and is vaporised, with just his rolling helmet remaining, is mesmerizing. My partner and I were open mouthed in awe.

As happened so often in WWI, the stupidity and stubbornness of the commanders, often 20-30 miles behind the front line, seems incredible. And the bravery and dedication of the Battalion, made up of a motley crew supposed misfits, mostly from the 'seamy' suburbs of New York, is amazing and beautifully portrayed.

Even the Germans are well rounded characters, not just stupid Huns. they become human too, even if you don't much like them.

And over it all is the poignant underlying knowledge that this is October 1918, just 5 weeks before Armistice Day. It all seems so futile.

But the Battalion held and was credited with being the spearhead for the Allied breaking of the German lines in the area.

I wholeheartedly recommend this movie to all aficionados of war movies.


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