Captain Cole [James Daly] is reunited with his son, Jack [James MacArthur], who he hasn't seen in years. Jack is now a reporter who is sent to the front to cover the war. Jack arrives at HQ... See full summary »
Captain Cole [James Daly] is reunited with his son, Jack [James MacArthur], who he hasn't seen in years. Jack is now a reporter who is sent to the front to cover the war. Jack arrives at HQ just as Captain Cole returns from a patrol and it is evident right from the start that his relations with his son are strained. Jack is stopped from going on patrol by his father but eventually manages to join a patrol with Lt Hanley and Captain Cole. The patrol is ambushed by Germans and is pinned down in a farmhouse. Doc is wounded in the first rush and manages to break away into the bush and make his way back to get reinforcements. While they are pinned down in the farmhouse Captain Cole and Jack realise that they are closer than they believed and manage to patch up their problems just as Caje arrives with reinforcements to relieve them. Written by
"Encounter" is a story of reconciliation between father & son amidst front line combat action.
Frank Moss wrote an excellent screenplay portraying estranged father & son in a combat setting. James Daly & James MacArthur play fine roles as Captain Cole and War Correspondent Jack Cole respectively. Character development is excellent between the entire cast including Private Kean (excellently played by Richard Eyer.) Jack Cole is out to write the stories of army personnel engaging Germans on the front line when he runs into his overprotective father, an army engineer scouting a bridge project. Their relationship is very realistic considering they haven't seen each other in a number of years. The viewing audience is treated to great dialog between father & son amidst life threatening circumstances. Private Kean portrays some fine acting at the farmhouse.
Combat action is outstanding in 2 major sequences with Bernard McEveety directing what he directs best - action scenes. And we can never give the German actors and stuntmen enough credit for making it all seem real. Look for favorite German Paul Busch at the farmhouse.
"Encounter" was very entertaining and the ending sequence touches a nerve for any son who never got along with his dad.
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