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Bitter Victory (1957)

Approved | | Drama, War | March 1958 (USA)
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A Commander receives a citation for an attack on General Erwin Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved, as the Commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.

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Nicholas Ray

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René Hardy (screenplay) (as Rene Hardy), Nicholas Ray (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Captain Leith
Curd Jürgens ... Major Brand
Ruth Roman ... Jane Brand
Raymond Pellegrin ... Mekrane
Anthony Bushell ... General Paterson
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Lt. Colonel Callander
Sean Kelly Sean Kelly ... Lieutenant Barton
Ramón de Larrocha Ramón de Larrocha ... Lieutenant Sanders (as Ramon De Larrocha)
Christopher Lee ... Sergeant Barney
Ronan O'Casey ... Sergeant Dunnigan
Fred Matter Fred Matter ... Oberst Lutze
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Lieutenant Kassel
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Private Roberts
Nigel Green ... Private Wilkins
Harry Landis ... Private Browning
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In North Africa during World War II, Major David Brand is assigned to lead a British commando raid into German-held Benghazi to retrieve whatever documents they can lay their hands on at the German headquarters. His number two will be Capt. Jimmy Leith who speaks Arabic fluently and knows Benghazi well. Brand also learns that his beautiful wife Jane and Leith were lovers before the war, creating tension between the two. Brand is untested in battle and freezes at a critical moment, losing the respect of his men. After the raid, the trek back is arduous and takes its toll on the men. It also results in only one of the two senior officers surviving. Written by garykmcd

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30 Fighting "Desert Rats" Invade Africa's Fortress See more »

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Drama | War

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France | USA

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English | German | Arabic

Release Date:

March 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitter Victory See more »

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Mono (Western Electric)

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2.35 : 1
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Theatrical movie debut of Screenwriter Gavin Lambert. See more »

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After the raid on the German compound, in the fight out in the desert, an explosion goes off under a German vehicle, but there is a slight delay before it is obviously pulled over on its side. See more »

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Major Brand: Are you trying to goad me into killing you?
Capt. Leith: Perhaps...
Major Brand: Why?
Capt. Leith: Perhaps because... i haven't the courage to do it myself.
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End credits are designed to look like they came from a typewriter (although in white on a dark background). There are no upper case letters (capitals) in the credits. See more »

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SO SO WWII ACTIONER...!
23 July 2019 | by masonfiskSee all my reviews

A mission carried out by the Brits in the desert from 1957. Starring Richard Burton, Curt Jurgens (he played the villain in The Spy Who Loved Me) & Ruth Roman (I remember her from Strangers on a Train) & directed by Nicholas Ray. An elite commando unit is commissioned to steal some German papers & rendezvous w/their base after crossing a treacherous Libyan expanse. Complicating matters is Jurgens & Burton have to deal w/Roman (she's now married to Jurgens but once lovers w/Burton). The heist goes off w/o a hitch but the German army is close behind resulting in occasional gunfights where the wounded must be carried off or left behind which plays into unit's loyalties when Burton gets bit by a scorpion (!) & Jurgens must make a decision to accomplish his goal while convincing others (but mostly himself) he made his choice free of Roman's past w/him. Serviceable enough, this film works in fits & spurts but ultimately we have a strong beginning & end but a weak middle. Look for Christopher Lee as one of the soldiers.


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