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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.

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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:

The part of the military machine that bleeds ! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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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

It is supposed that at the beginning of the film the radio man having put his handset of the radio on his shirt that he should not be calling Sunrise six. Often you can do so by just keying the handset while it is attached to your webbing so not needing to remove it unless you get a response or no longer needing to give your hand/ arm a rest or to free your hand to do something else. See more »

Goofs

Montana identifies himself to Lieutenant Benson as Sergeant First Class, but the insignia on his helmet and sleeves are those of a Staff Sergeant, one rank lower than SFC. Sergeant Lewis (Nehemiah Persoff) is wearing SFC insignia on his uniform. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Montana: You said you wanted to get one man alive out of your platoon. Well you got your wish, only double, there's you and me. Ain't that something.
Lt. Benson: Forget it. We'll never see the morning.
Sgt. Montana: Yes we will. They can't hurt us anymore now. They threw everything at us. Rifle fire, grenades, four twos, artillery. I'm telling you, they can't scratch us. If we wanted to take that hill, we could take it easy, the two of us.
Lt. Benson: With what?
Sgt. Montana: We're lucky, we're lucky. With guts we'll take 'em. We still got the ...
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Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

Men in War
(uncredited)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Alan Alch
sung by male chorus
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One of my favorites
24 June 2010 | by dudedadSee all my reviews

No director I know made the scenery as much a dramatic player as Mann did. Whether it was the West in the great Westerns he directed or the imaginary Korea of this movie, it seemed as though you were in the scene yourself watching from a tree. The movie is calm, almost contemplative, and even though you could argue the soldiers were stereotypes, they were so believable and so well acted, they seemed part of the scenery as well. The danger in the movie is everywhere and nowhere at the same time, and the men die as most men do in war, carelessly, and almost wastefully. The actors are superb, totally believable, and in the case of Robert Keith heart-breaking. I recommend this film to anyone, it's simply the best largely unknown war film ever.


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