Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who's recruited by a shady CIA agent, named Adam, to help them with the defection of a ... See full summary »
In 1948, the Soviet Union blockades the Allied sectors of Berlin to bring the entire city under their control. A semi-documentary about the resulting Berlin Airlift gives way to stories of two fictitious U.S. Air Force participants: Sgt. Hank Kowalski, whose hatred of Germans proves resistant to change, and Sgt. Danny McCullough, whose pursuit of an attractive German war widow gives him a crash course in the seamy side of occupied Berlin.Written by
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George Seaton had a run-in with Montgomery Clift, who insisted on having his acting coach, Mira Rustova, on set at all times. Clift would listen to her over director George Seaton (I), who was so angered by this that he ordered Rustova off the set. Clift said if she wasn't there, he would quit , so Seaton was forced to let her back in. See more »
When the white paint is first spilled on "Danny" (Montgomery Cliff) it splashed mostly on the lower part of the front of his uniform, from the chest down. Later, almost his entire uniform, front and back, had some paint from the shoulders down. See more »
At the end of the movie, the "Hollywood" stars (Clift, Douglas etc.), are not credited, however a panoramic coda does credit the principal military service members who portrayed themselves in the film. It shows them standing at attention in front of a C-54, with their names and ranks scrolling across. See more »
You really have to be in the mood for this one. More like a grainy tapestry of newsreel and realism. Dramatic and at the same time remarkable visions of the ruins of war torn Berlin. This film evolves around the trials and tribulations of two Airmen during the great airlift and their romancing of German women. Montgomery Clift is sullen and wooden as Sgt. MacCullough. On the other hand, Paul Douglas makes an ass of himself as the arrogant Sgt. Kowalski. I enjoyed the photogenic locales more than the story line itself. Also in the cast are:Bruni Lobel, O.E. Hasse and the mystical Cornell Borchers. Writer and director George Seaton deserves kudos for presenting the harsh realism of post-WWII Berlin.
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