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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
Christian Drake ... Rankin (as Chris Drake)
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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:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

It was Burgess Meredith who persuaded Samuel Bronston to produce a film based on Harry Brown's novel. See more »

Goofs

When taking a 10 minute break, the soldiers state that it is 7:30 am, but the shadows indicate that the sun is clearly high in the sky, more like noon. 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

It Was Just a Little Walk in the Sun
(uncredited)
Music by Earl Robinson
Lyrics by Millard Lampell
Sung by William Gillespie
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User Reviews

 
It is hard to harness determination and purpose.
3 July 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

This war drama ranks among the best in its genre. An outstanding ensemble cast and intense story makes for an interesting look at the realism of war. This film follows a platoon of American soldiers from the time they land in Europe until they complete their mission...capturing a German occupied farmhouse in World War Two Italy. The talented and diverse cast includes:Dana Andrews, John Ireland, Lloyd Bridges, George Tyne, Huntz Hall and Richard Conte. Kudos also to director Lewis Milestone.


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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