Sergeant Saunders faces court martial, charged with a reckless decision costing two machine gunner's lives. The gunners' NCO O'Neill accuses Saunders of forgetting to check if the combined ...
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Sergeant Saunders faces court martial, charged with a reckless decision costing two machine gunner's lives. The gunners' NCO O'Neill accuses Saunders of forgetting to check if the combined squads had ammo for their bazooka, just before a panzer attack. Instead of retreating prudently, Saunders ran down the hill they were defending to not only lug the ammo back up, but drag his wounded squad member who carried it, to safety. That allowed the tank time to get close, and blow up the 2 machine gunners. As the protagonists' commanding officers square off, Caje and Kirby grill O'Neil, a life-long student of warfare, over his own judgments on the mission. Written by
While visiting Pvt. Howie Parker that is badly wounded at a field hospital, Sgt. Saunders is accused of negligence and misjudgement of a situation by Sgt. O'Neill and Lt. Collins, costing the life of two soldiers. Lt. Hanley asks Kirby to summon Saunders back since Sgt. O 'Neill intends to send Saunders to court martial. When he hears the accusations in a preliminary hearing, he leaves the place. Lt. Hanley goes after Saunders and asks him to return. Kirby and Caje defend Saunders and both Sergeants expose their point of view. In the end, was it a matter of fate or misjudgement?
"Point of View" is one of the best episodes of "Combat!". The storyline recalls "Rashomon" (1950) with different point of views for the same event. Vic Morrow, as usual, has a fantastic performance in the role of Sgt. Saunders. The conclusion is magnificent with intelligent and well-written lines. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Ponto de Vista" ("Point of View")
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