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The Big Lift (1950)

Approved | | Drama, War | 20 July 1950 (UK)
Experiences of two Air Force sergeants during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.

Director:

George Seaton

Writer:

George Seaton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Montgomery Clift ... Danny MacCullough
Paul Douglas ... Hank Kowalski
Cornell Borchers ... Frederica Burkhardt
Bruni Löbel ... Gerda
O.E. Hasse ... Stieber (as O. E. Hasse)
Dante V. Morel Dante V. Morel ... Dante V. Morel (as Capt. Dante V. Morel)
John R. Mason John R. Mason ... John R. Mason (as Capt. John R. Mason)
Gail R. Plush Gail R. Plush ... Gail R. Plush (as Capt. Gail R. Plush)
Mack Blevins Mack Blevins ... Mack Blevins (as Capt. Mack Blevins)
William A. Stewart William A. Stewart ... William A. Stewart (as Capt. William A. Stewart)
Alfred L. Freiburger Alfred L. Freiburger ... Alfred L. Freiburger (as 1st Lt. Alfred L. Freiburger)
Gerald Arons Gerald Arons ... Gerald Arons (as 1st Lt. Gerald Arons)
James Wilson James Wilson ... James Wilson (as 1st Lt. James Wilson)
Richard A. Kellogg Richard A. Kellogg ... Richard A. Kellogg (as 1st Lt. Richard A. Kellogg)
Roy R. Steele Roy R. Steele ... Roy R. Steele (as 1st Lt. Roy R. Steele)
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Storyline

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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the Ruins came Hope and Despair

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 July 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Quartered City See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000, 31 December 1950
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Frederica Burkhardt: When you live in a sewer, you soon discover that the sewer rats are best equipped to survive.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Vielleicht
(uncredited)
Written by Günter Neumann
Played by the band at the nightclub and sung by Cornell Borchers
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Mixed emotions are part of the relief and rescue.
17 September 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

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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