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Battleground (1949)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 20 January 1950 (USA)
A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

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We follow a band of American soldiers as they engage the Germans in a snowy, foggy winter near Bastogne in World War II. They're low on fuel, rations, and ammunition; the Germans are constantly encouraging their surrender via radio and leaflets, and most importantly, the pervasive thick fog makes movement and identification difficult and prevents their relief by Allied air support. This film focuses much more on the psychology and morale of the soldiers than on action footage and heroics. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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The guts! The girls! The glory! of a lot of wonderful guys! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Budget:

$1,631,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,293,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,666,420
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Whitmore took over the role of Sergeant Kinnie after James Mitchell was fired for moving too much like a dancer, and not enough like a drill sergeant. See more »

Goofs

After the sun comes out and Allied Airpower comes to the rescue, the first fighter planes are Vought F4U Corsairs. This particular fighter plane did not serve in the European theater. They were only used in the Pacific, by the Marines and the Navy. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Teiss: You sure they were enemy tanks?
Pvt. Donald Jarvess: We saw them, Lieutenant.
Lt. Teiss: You think we got enough anti-tank grenades to do any good?
Sgt. Kinnie: We ain't got any. Mind if I make a suggestion, Lieutenant?
Lt. Teiss: What?
Sgt. Kinnie: Well, sir, our usual defense against tanks is to call for artillery, and then to run like a jackrabbit.
Lt. Teiss: We got orders to hold these positions.
Sgt. Kinnie: Well, sir, let's call for artillery and keep our heads down, then.
Lt. Teiss: We could send out some bazooka men... if we had any bazookas.
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Connections

Referenced in Challenge the Wilderness (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
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Written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Sung by the soldiers
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The best movie about World War II
20 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is the best movie ever made about a democratic society going to war against fascism. The movie perfectly captures the fear and courage of American soldiers in war, fighting not to conquer like the Germans or destroy civilization like the terrorists, but to defend their fellow man. There's no sunshine patriotism in this movie. No flag waving or false heroics. But the lofty ideas behind the nation that made men such as these is there hidden like the sun behind fog and clouds. And at the end, the glory embodied in the men blazes true and shines as brightly as the sun when the weather lifts.


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