A sensitive, educated black man's World War II-time problems. This is essentially the duplicate of his peace-time problems which are pointed up in a flashback of his life, and primarily of his war-time adventures with four white soldiers on a dangerous reconnaissance mission on a Japanese-held island.Written by
The poem recited by Sergeant Mingo (Frank Lovejoy) was 'The Coward to Edwards' (1943) by Eve Mirriam. See more »
At the time of the war, the army wasn't fully integrated yet, so an African-American soldier could not serve in a Caucasian brigade. See more »
Yeah, I'll never forget the first letter I got from my wife. It started, "My darling, darling, darling, I'll never again use the word 'love' without thinking only of you." And I remember the last one I got from her. It started, "Dear T.J., this is the hardest letter I've ever had to write."
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To correct a previous commentary... "The Big Red One" is the 1st Infantry Division. The "Red Ball Express" was the name given to the truck convoys. My own opinions of the film: I think a movie like this needs to be appreciated within the context of the time period it was made. Considering that the country then was barely taking baby steps into the civil rights movement, the subject was handled pretty well. It sent it's message without being preachy or patronizing. A great cast also helps it make a worthwhile movie to watch. It's too bad that James Edwards died several years later while still relatively young. He might've made a real breakthrough to some leading roles.
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