Lt. Hanley receives a letter from the friend of the wife of one of his men, Steve Kovac [Chad Everett], advising that Kovac's wife is in hospital and dying. Unfortunately Kovac is on a ...
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Lt. Hanley receives a letter from the friend of the wife of one of his men, Steve Kovac [Chad Everett], advising that Kovac's wife is in hospital and dying. Unfortunately Kovac is on a patrol and Hanley decides not recall him until the news that his wife is dying is confirmed (at which time he will get an emergency leave). In the meantime the patrol lead by Sgt. Saunders enters a French town to gather information and runs into the Germans. They manage to kill the Germans but another group moves in to occupy the building they have been fighting from which appears to be their headquarters building. As a result Saunders and the patrol is trapped and hide out in the basement of the building. The Germans assume that their men have been killed by a patrol that has already gone and continue setting up in the building the patrol is hiding below. Not long after, under cover of an artillery barrage, the patrol manages to escape and return to base where Lt. Hanley breaks the news to Kovac. While... Written by
Saunders calls for and gets the grenade launcher, and he is seen, in close-up, getting ready to fire. A camera change to show Saunders from a slight distance reveals that it is an obvious double that fires the grenade launcher. See more »
"Beneath The Ashes" is a story about an unintentional bad decision made by Lieutenant Hanley regarding one of his men and its after effects on that man. Through Private Steve Kovac (well played by Chad Everett) we learn about the defense mechanism "projection" - projecting one's inferior impulses onto others to relieve our own anxiety.
Private Kovac is on patrol with Saunders, Caje, Kirby, & Littlejohn when Lieutenant Hanley receives a letter from Detroit stating his wife is on her deathbed. Instead of calling Kovac back, Hanley figures the squad will return in a few hours and in the meantime the Red Cross can check the letter's validity. Unfortunately the squad is pinned down in a cellar for two days and classified as MIA. Upon the squad's return, Saunders speaks a defining great line. And Radio Operator Mac (played by Noam Pitlik) puts foot in mouth to set the story in motion.
Richard P. McDonagh wrote an adequate story; his idea was to tie in loose ends at the ending which he outstandingly did when The Sarge had it out with Kovac on the battlefield. Great dialog. The cellar scene is a little unrealistic considering lack of facilities and the unlikelihood of Littlejohn's survival. Chad Everett came across adequately, but not in great fashion. Heavy artillery and combat scenes are excellent throughout. The village hand grenade scene with the German coming out of the doorway is priceless - analogous to Otis Campbell heading to jail on the Andy Griffith Show.
All in all "Beneath the Ashes" was entertaining considering a mediocre script and average acting.
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