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Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 13 July 1945 (USA)
During WW2, Pulitzer prize winner and war correspondent Ernie Pyle joins the army and writes articles about his comrades in his daily columns.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Leopold Atlas (screenplay), Guy Endore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Airs Thu. Jun. 27, 10:00 PM on TCM

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burgess Meredith ... Ernie Pyle - Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
Robert Mitchum ... Lt. Walker
Freddie Steele Freddie Steele ... Sergeant Warnicki
Wally Cassell ... Private Dondaro
Jimmy Lloyd ... Private Spencer
John R. Reilly John R. Reilly ... Private Murphy (as Jack Reilly)
William Murphy ... Private Mew (as Bill Murphy)
Combat Veterans of the Campaigns in Africa Sicily and Italy Combat Veterans of the Campaigns in Africa Sicily and Italy ... U.S. Army Soldiers
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Storyline

The story of men at war and that of the esteemed Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Soon after the U.S. entry into World War II, Pyle joined C Company, 18th Infantry in North Africa. There he got to know the men and often wrote about them in his columns mentioning them by name, something both the soldiers and their families back home appreciated. Pyle moved to other units but as C Company is the first he went into combat with, he considers them "his" company and rejoins them in Italy. Many will die but his reporting brings a human face to war. Written by garykmcd

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MITCHUM'S GREATEST...is the screen's mightiest action drama ! (1949 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

G.I. Joe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the film that propelled Robert Mitchum (I) to stardom. It also brought him his only Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

When Ernie leaves his sleeping bag and other heavy gear before crossing a small stream, the shadows of the camera crew, boom mics, etc., are clearly visible as he begins entering the water. See more »

Quotes

Capt.Bill Walker: The new kids that come up, that's what gets you. The new ones, some of them have just got a little fuzz on their faces. They don't know what its all about. Scared to death. You know, Ernie, I know it ain't my fault that they get killed, but it makes me feel like a murderer. I hate to look at 'em, the new kids.
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Opening credits: With the exception of persons whose true names are used, the characters and events portrayed are fictional. Any similarity to other persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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Music by Richard Wagner (1850)
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Perhaps the best film of infantry combat ever made
25 May 2002 | by cgmillsSee all my reviews

After searching for the best war films all my life, and after seeing so much tripe, I was completely flabbergasted by this film, of which I had heard, but had never seen until last night. Most films made during the Second World War were pure propaganda, all dash and glory, but with little resemblance to real battle. "The Story of G.I. Joe" is the real McCoy, especially considering that it was made near the end of the war. You can feel, taste and smell the muck and fear these men lived with. The dialogue is gritty, the combat scenes, especially of urban fighting bang on. One exceptional and rare scene was of an anti-tank gun crew swinging into action and firing 12 rounds a minute in a town. It was a battle ballet and an example of the lethality of a well-trained and seasoned team. In my opinion, this film ranks with Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" as the best film of infantry in combat ever made. In fact, I believe that Spielberg may even have made 'Ryan' as an homage to Wellman's great earlier film; many of the scenes and much of the dialogue is very similar. In 1945, General Eisenhower called 'G.I. Joe' the greatest war film ever made. I'm sure he would say the same thing today. This should be a must-see for every student studying this country's fighting history and every American in uniform should see it.


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