An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.
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
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Dore Schary completed the film twenty days under its original shooting schedule by instituting several other innovations. He also ordered twenty-five sets built on one soundstage, and then had Art Director Hans Peters map out in detail the terrain, action, and possible camera angles. Copies of these drawings were then given to Director William A. Wellman and Cinematographer Paul Vogel. Some of the sets were used several times over, as the film's actions shifted. See more »
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 »
The way I heard it, it's if you got a Kraut pistol on you when you're captured, they blow your brains out with it. Don't fall for them rumors, Layton.
Anybody want a Luger? It's worth a hundred bucks in Paris.
Thanks a lot. It's a violation of the Sullivan Act for a civilian to carry firearms.
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Most underatted and forgotten movie of WW2 ever...
Before "Band of Brothers" came out, I considered this the best, most accurate depiction of an infantry unit in action ever, and I still think it has an edge over "Saving Private Ryan" and "Patton" as the greatest World War II movie(not mini-series) yet made.
The entire cast is not only fun to watch, but very believable in their individual roles, and as a veteran, I can attest to the fact that the swings between humor and deep thoughts in their conversations are dead on accurate. Anybody who's ever served in an infantry unit will tell you that for all the bickering back and forth, members of a squad, platoon, or company will always look out for each other. "Battleground" captures this perfectly.
One of the saddest things for me about this movie is how few people know of it. Except for the occasional airing on AMC or TCM, it rarely shows up on TV and that's a shame. It's well worth the time and effort to find this one.
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