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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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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 »

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Biography | Drama | War

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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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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on Ernie Pyle (I)'s book "This is Your War." See more »

Goofs

Much of this film revolves around the battles around Monte Cassino and the controversial bombing of the abbey, with several references to the monastery being used by the Germans as an observation post. Although the film acknowledges that the Germans used it as a defensive position after the bombing, it does not mention that the abbey had been unoccupied by the Germans and that the bombing was unnecessary. Given that this movie was filmed in 1945 while the war was still being fought, it is perhaps understandable that this fact was not mentioned. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Dondaro: Hey Pop, why wasn't you born a beautiful dame? Or even an ugly one?
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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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A realistic portrayal of war
5 February 2005 | by LACUESSee all my reviews

I rank this film with "The Paths of Glory", "All Quiet on the Western Front", and "A Walk in the Sun"; which I consider to be the most poignant and best acted war or anti-war films. The direction, dialogue, and acting in this film differ in the respect that the bloodshed and action are not graphic but obviously evident. It is certainly better than "Saving Pvt. Ryan", which is too long, pretentious, and relies on gory special effects to entice the younger audience.

The acting in "The Story of G.I. Joe" is realistic (not to be confused with the "method style") and understated.

Burgess Meredith and Robert Mitchum give two of their best performances and I really felt as though this was a portrayal of the every day conditions of the infantryman and not an exercise in false heroics.

I would rate this film a 9 out of 10. And I thank Turner Classic Movies for showing it. It is truly a CLASSIC.


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