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Attack (1956)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 17 October 1956 (USA)
In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Joe Costa - Fox Co.
... Capt. Erskine Cooney
... Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett - CO, White Battalion
... Pfc. Bernstein
... Pvt. Snowden
... Sfc. Tolliver - Fox Co.
Jon Shepodd ... Cpl. John Jackson - Fox Co. (communications)
... SS Captain (as Peter Van Eyck)
Jim Goodwin ... Pfc. Ricks (as Jimmy Goodwin)
... Otto - German NCO
... Pvt. Jacob R. Abramowitz - Radioman (as Judson Taylor)
Louis Mercier ... Brouise - French blacksmith
Henry Rowland ... German with Binoculars
... GI with binoculars
Ron McNeil ... Pfc. Jones
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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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$750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1956
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According to the 19 February 1956 edition of "The New York Times", the budget for this movie was $850,000. See more »

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The German tanks don't resemble any Panzers in use during World War II. See more »

Quotes

Costa: Cooney. I'm going to give you something to think about. If I ever lose another man on account of you, just one, you'll never see the States again.
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An actors WW2-movie that explodes in human drama!
22 December 2003 | by See 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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