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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.

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 ... 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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It rips open the hot hell behind the glory! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

17 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack! See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Congressman Melvin Price openly criticized the military for their non-involvement in the film, calling it a "shameful attempt at censorship". United Artists were only too happy to exploit this with teaser posters asking "Is this the most controversial picture of the year?" On the back of this, the film grossed nearly $2 million (United Artists had projected a gross of around $20,000). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pfc. Bernstein: Cooney's a schlemiel - a southern fried schlemiel!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: EUROPE 1944 See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1997 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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Referenced in Os Filmes Estão Vivos (2013) See more »

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User Reviews

One of the best
21 June 2000 | by none-67See all my reviews

One of the best war films ever made, this gritty little-known gem features Jack Palance in perhaps his best role. The dynamics of a small infantry unit just about at the end of its tether in WWII Europe are portrayed extremely realistically. Eddie Albert, Lee Marvin, and Buddy Ebsen give great supporting performances.

The film is in B&W and has all the dirt and sweatiness and fear that is characteristic of really good work done in the 1950's.

No pretty boys here


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