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Men in War (1957)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 26 January 1957 (USA)
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.


Anthony Mann


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


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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Action | Drama | War


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The Colonel played by Robert Keith is the father of actor Brian Keith. See more »


During the piecemeal movement of the platoon and jeep through the gauntlet of artillery fire, the shadow of the camera is visible on the hood of the jeep. See more »


Lt. Benson: You know, I feel sorry for you, Montana. You got nobody now but me.
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Crazy Credits

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


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


Men in War
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Alan Alch
sung by male chorus
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Another lost classic resurfaces
2 July 2014 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Another movie long considered 'lost', and now mercifully restored, Anthony Mann's "Men in War" is a war film worthy to take its place beside Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line", (you can see its influence on Malick's masterpiece); in other words, this is a near-masterpiece and certainly one of Mann's greatest films. The war in question is the Korean and another American patrol find themselves caught out in the open, like so many before them in so many other war films, as they try to survive and like Robert Aldrich's brilliant "Attack" is as much about the conflict between an officer and a sergeant as it is about the external conflict with the enemy. The principle protagonists are Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray whose contempt for each other is only matched by their contempt for the enemy. Both actors are outstanding and others in the exceptional cast include Robert Keith, Vic Morrow, Nehemiah Persoff, James Edwards and L Q Jones. You might call it an anti-war film since few films about men in conflict have painted such a dark picture of the costs of war and what it can do to men in the field. Indeed, this has even been called an 'art-house' war film which is probably just another way of saying that it's different and very intelligent. It's also stunningly well photographed in black and white by Ernest Haller and boasts another very good score by Elmer Bernstein. How it ever came to be 'lost' in the first place is something of a mystery, (did audiences simply find it too bleak?). Let's just be thankful, then, that it's been 'found' again.

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Release Date:

26 January 1957 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Security Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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