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

Goofs

All soldiers in the film who are wearing gas mask bags in the "Ready" position have the bags on backwards. During WWI gas mask bags were worn with the snaps against the chest, not facing outward. See more »

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Maj. Whittlesey: Lieutenant Leak, fine officer, from Texas...
Capt. McMurtry: We lost over 60 men to our own fire today. We heave less then 200 able troops left. I don't know how they keep doing it.
Maj. Whittlesey: Don't sell them short, Captain. Two days ago we had a Chinese working our field-phone, an American-Indian for a runner; they're both dead now but that's not the point. These Italians, Irish, Jews, and Poles, they'd never hire me as an attorney; we wouldn't be seen at the same events. But we will never, in our lives, enjoy the ...
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27 August 2004 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

To reply to D.Smyth's post, yes, the film might make some use of war clichés, but given that the original 1919 film did as well, it seems to be keeping honest to the source material. The battalion was historically a diverse one, and while we've seen the type before in war films, I didn't find the film's portrayal to be so terribly clichéd as to detract from its authenticity or enjoyment.

Also, regarding the goofs D.Smyth points out, the zippo indeed is post-WWI (early '30s); however, it was based on an earlier, Austrian design, which may have been the basis for what shows up in the film.

Also, I'm not sure what his basis is for "o'clock" not existing until twenty years later; to give just one example that contradicts it, Ford Madox Ford references the system twice in his poem "On October, 1914 (Antwerp)" ("This is Charing Cross; / It is one o'clock. ... / This is Charing Cross; it is past one of the clock;"), which was published in 1918.

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