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A Walk in the Sun (1945)

Approved | | Drama , War | 25 December 1945 (USA)
During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Harry Brown (by), Robert Rossen (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Sgt. Bill Tyne
Richard Conte ... Pvt. Rivera
George Tyne ... Pvt. Jake Friedman
John Ireland ... Pfc. Windy Craven
Lloyd Bridges ... Sgt. Ward
Sterling Holloway ... McWilliams
Norman Lloyd ... Pvt. Archimbeau
Herbert Rudley ... Sgt. Eddie Porter
Richard Benedict ... Pvt. Tranella
Huntz Hall ... Pvt. Carraway
James Cardwell ... Sgt. Hoskins
George Offerman Jr. ... Pvt. Tinker
Steve Brodie ... Pvt. Judson
Matt Willis ... Sgt. Pete Halverson
Chris Drake Chris Drake ... Rankin
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Storyline

In the 1943 invasion of Italy, one American platoon lands, digs in, then makes its way inland to blow up a bridge next to a fortified farmhouse, as tension and casualties mount. Unusually realistic picture of war as long quiet stretches of talk, punctuated by sharp, random bursts of violent action whose relevance to the big picture is often unknown to the soldiers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THEY FOUGHT BEST WHEN IT WAS HOPELESS! (print ad for 1951 reissue "Salerno Beachhead" - all caps)

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salerno Beachhead See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of John Ireland. See more »

Goofs

When a small patrol attacks the farmhouse they have to return to the wall. Lloyd Bridges is shown throwing his rifle over the wall with a bayonet attached. The next scene shows his bayonet in its scabbard on his back pack. See more »

Quotes

Rivera: Did you ever go camping when you were a kid?
Friedman: Every time we get in a bunch of trees, you ask me the same question.
Rivera: Every time I get in a bunch of trees, I remember it.
Friedman: For the millionth time, no - I never went camping when I was a kid. I lived in the city.
Rivera: I lived in the city, too, schmeggege. I got on the train.
Friedman: Yeah, you told me.
Rivera: Well, I'm telling you again.
Friedman: You're a jukebox, Rivera. Somebody keeps putting nickels into you.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning shows an unseen male narrator grabbing a book from a shelf and the cast and crew are set out in the pages of a book. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Bonnie Blue Flag
(uncredited)
Music by Harry McCarthy
[incorporated instrumentally to background music during assault on farmhouse]
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A different war movie.
30 June 2002 | by pageivSee all my reviews

This is a different war movie, it has very few action sequences. But the director created a compelling movie none the less. Most action in this movie takes place off camera, this creates a feeling of 'being there.' One character mentions that all the action he has seen he had to listen to it. The pace of the movie tends to get slow then speed up quickly. It was quite different but for a war movie fan like myself, very entertaining.


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