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Men in War (1957)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 15 April 1957 (Sweden)
During the Korean War, a battle-worn lieutenant and his platoon are behind enemy lines, and have orders to march to Hill 465 for possible relief.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Ben Maddow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Ryan ... Lt. Benson
Aldo Ray ... Montana
Robert Keith ... The Colonel
Phillip Pine ... Sgt. Riordan (as Philip Pine)
Nehemiah Persoff ... Sgt. Lewis
Vic Morrow ... Cpl. Zwickley
James Edwards ... Sgt. Killian
L.Q. Jones ... Sgt. Davis
Scott Marlowe ... Pvt. Meredith
Adam Kennedy Adam Kennedy ... Pvt. Maslow
Race Gentry ... Pvt. Haines
Walter Kelley Walter Kelley ... Pvt. Ackerman
Anthony Ray ... Pvt. Penelli
Robert Normand Robert Normand ... Pvt. Christensen
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Pvt. Lynch
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Storyline

In Korea, on 6 September 1950, Lieutenant Benson's platoon finds itself isolated in enemy-held territory after a retreat. Soon they are joined by Sergeant Montana, whose overriding concern is caring for his catatonic colonel. Benson and Montana can't stand each other, but together they must get the survivors to Hill 465, where they hope the division is waiting. It's a long, harrowing march, fraught with all the dangers the elusive enemy can summon. Who will survive? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

One more step and I'll fill your guts with lead ! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1957 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Tag ohne Ende See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$500,000, 31 December 1957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Security Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Vic Morrow, who played Corporal Zwickly, became famous playing Sgt. Saunders in the ABC tv series Combat. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, when Aldo Ray points the Thompson Submachine Gun at Ryan the bolt is in the forward position. Since the Thompson fires from an open bolt, that means it was not cocked so it would not have fired. Ryan was in no danger. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Killian: Zwickley, he's sick Sir.
Lt. Benson: Sick?... This war you're either healthy or you're dead.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over the image of several soldiers wearing helmets. See more »

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Featured in Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Men in War
(uncredited)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Alan Alch
sung by male chorus
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Very Impressive
25 August 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

A war film should have a sense of time and place for it to be exceptional and as I`ve said in previous reviews basically any movie featuring The Korean War could have easily taken place in any campaign of WW 2 . MEN IN WAR is a case in point that could have been set in the Ardennes in December 1944 as an American platoon are cut off by a German counter offensive . In fact it could easily have been set during the Indian wars of the 1870s with a bunch of calvarymen lost and surrounded by hostile natives

And yet director Anthony Mann and screenwriter Philip Yordan have made a very memorable and compelling Korean war movie that lifts it above B movie standards . The story is simple with a bunch of US soldiers stuck behind enemy lines but we`re shown what it`s like to be a soldier fighting a war , we`re shown the courage , the fear and the camaradeire of reluctant warriors. In many ways this could have been an Vietnam allegory like MASH or TOO LATE THE HERO . Only thing is MEN IN WAR was made several years before America got involved in Vietnam . It`s difficult to believe but it`s true as we see Lt Benson and Sgt Montana come close to " fragging " each other at one point or the quite remarkable scene where Sgt Killian picks some flowers and puts them in his helmet . If I have any problem with this movie it`s the final sequence that suggests that soldiers fight and die for medals when in fact soldiers fight and die for one another

A quick word about the cast: All are very good but the stand out performance is by Robert Keith as the nameless Colonel . As the movie progresses the audience care as much for the Colonel as much as Sgt Montana does . Perhaps when I mention that the Colonel has hardly one single line of dialogue you`ll understand just how superb Keith`s performance is

MEN IN WAR comes highly recommended


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