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Attack (1956)

In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Norman Brooks (play), James Poe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Lt. Joe Costa - Fox Co.
Eddie Albert ... Capt. Erskine Cooney
Lee Marvin ... Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett - CO, White Battalion
Robert Strauss ... Pfc. Bernstein
Richard Jaeckel ... Pvt. Snowden
Buddy Ebsen ... Sfc. Tolliver - Fox Co.
Jon Shepodd Jon Shepodd ... Cpl. John Jackson - Fox Co. (communications)
Peter van Eyck ... SS Captain (as Peter Van Eyck)
Jim Goodwin Jim Goodwin ... Pfc. Ricks (as Jimmy Goodwin)
Steven Geray ... Otto - German NCO
Jud Taylor ... Pvt. Jacob R. Abramowitz - Radioman (as Judson Taylor)
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Brouise - French blacksmith
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... German with Binoculars
Mike Ragan ... GI with binoculars
Ron McNeil Ron McNeil ... Pfc. Jones
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Storyline

During the closing days of WWII, a National Guard Infantry Company is assigned the task of setting up artillery observation posts in a strategic area. Lieutenant Costa knows that Cooney is in command only because of 'connections' he had made state-side. Costa has serious doubts concerning Cooneys' ability to lead the group. When Cooney sends Costa and his men out, and refuses to re-enforce them, Costa swears revenge. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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The battle baitin' bazooka bouncers of company "C"! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1956
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cast members Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Peter van Eyck and Eddie Albert were all World War II veterans. See more »

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In the last 10 minutes of the movie, a character is shot by several other characters. With each of these shots, an empty shell casing should have been ejected from the rifles (M1 carbine and M1). In addition, the empty brass would have made a noticeable "tink" sound as it hit the stone floor in the cellar. See more »

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Pfc. Bernstein: Cooney's a schlemiel - a southern fried schlemiel!
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An actors WW2-movie that explodes in human drama!
22 December 2003 | by Renaldo MatlinSee all my reviews

For anyone interested in the subject of World War II - as tackled by Hollywood - "Attack" is a classic first-rate contribution to the genre. With a stellar cast including, oh, listen to this:

1. The captivating Jack Palance in one of his finest roles.

2. Eddie Albert, one of the most likable actors, normally known for playing lovable good-guys her he delivers a character you will just love to hate.

3. Lee Marvin, no comment necessary, one of the very few screen actor from the raw school of coolness (where his only competition was that of Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Charles Bronson).

4. Robert Strauss, who like in the classic "Stalag 17" again gives us some welcomed comic relief well mixed with drama and first rate acting.

5. Buddy Ebsen, excellent and always above-par, whether it was as 'Doc' in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or TV's 'Barnaby Jones' and 'Jed Clampett' of "The Beverly Hillbillies".

6. Richard Jaeckel, who's fine career spanned from this through hits like "The Dirty Dozen" and all the way to uhm... "Baywatch"!

7. William Smithers who despite this star-making film debut (as the REAL main character of the movie) oddly enough never seemed to top this role (somehow he is credited last here on the IMDb, probably because his name is the last to show up during the opening titles with an "And introducing" attached to it).

The whole sha-bang is directed by the great Robert Aldrich who really deserves credit for this one, as I am sure this story of a US Army officer struck by cowardice during WW2 was hard to stomach for some people just 11 years after the big one ended. Aldrich would go on the direct one of the grand-daddy's of guys-on-a-mission-movies, the before mentioned "The Dirty Dozen" (1967). Not surprisingly Aldrich would work with many of the above listed actors on several occasions, which is another testament to the sturdy cast of "Attack".

All these forces combined - in front off and behind the camera - results in a memorable ride through the darkest corners of the human soul, mixed with some thrilling battle scenes. As this is originally based on a play it might seem a bit talky to some, but wait for the first hour to pass and then it will suddenly explode in drama and first-rate acting. The many confrontations these characters have are all so intense they actually make you forget all the solid action scenes!

Definitely one of the most important Hollywood-contributions exploring the drama of war, worth adding to your WW2-collection!


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