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Force of Arms (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 August 1951 (USA)
During World War II in Italy, an American sergeant and WAC lieutenant take time out for romance.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Orin Jannings (screenplay), Richard Tregaskis (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Sgt. John 'Pete' Peterson
Nancy Olson ... Lt. Eleanor MacKay
Frank Lovejoy ... Maj. Blackford
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee
Dick Wesson ... Kleiner
Paul Picerni ... Sheridan
Katherine Warren ... Maj. Waldron
Ross Ford ... Hooker
Ron Hagerthy ... Minto
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Storyline

Winter, 1943. The German army has halted the American advance in the mountains of Italy; back-and-forth combat decimates Joe Peterson's platoon. On leave in Naples, Joe meets WAC lieutenant Eleanor MacKay; initially cool, she begins to melt during a bombing raid. Their romance develops despite Joe's periodic returns to the front. But whether he'll come back in the end becomes more than doubtful... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The most beautiful love story ever told! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Final film of actress Anna Demetrio . See more »

Goofs

Just after Frank Lovejoy (Maj.) tells William Holden (Sgt.) about his promotion to Lt.; Holden puts on a jacket with his sergeant stiles on it. They drive to a restaurant/bar (Mama Mia's) and his jacket no longer has any sign of stripes. When stripes are removed the impression of the stripes and the stitching can still be seen. His jacket is absolutely pristine. Even if the stripes came off without leaving any marks at all; there would a clean spot where the stripes were. Later, when now-Lt. Peterson is talking to Lt. MacKay in the mail room, the remnants of his old Sergeant's stripes are clearly visible on his left sleeve. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee: Don't those Krauts ever run outta ammo?
Sgt. Joe Peterson: Gee I hope they don't. When they lift their fire it means they're comin' in.
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Connections

Version of Adeus às Armas (1961) See more »

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The action scenes and equipment are first rate.
25 January 2013 | by swojtakSee all my reviews

I really liked this movie. I fast forwarded through the love scenes though. I am a Holden fan and I seem to like his snide comments he always seems to make. His comments are usually like "gallows humor". In times of stress everything seems to take on a different view or meaning. I also liked where Holden seems to exhibit PTSD. He talks about the horror of the battlefield and his men dying for no reason. I liked this because I thought the US Government did not want anything but us the good guys and the enemy the bad. Most war movies show us never getting hurt and the enemy all dying, What tipped me off was the word "San Pietro". John Huston made a movie called that and it was banned by the Government and not shown because it showed people actually getting killed. Lastly, all the equipment looked real and used in the real manner even down to the mail room! Usually I can find many errors in guns and ammo. Another good movie to watch is, "Pork Chop Hill" with Gregory Peck. You actually see men using body armor and guns and ammo used in the proper manner.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Girl for Joe See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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