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The Young Lions (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 2 April 1958 (USA)
WW2 drama that follows the lives of three young men, one German and two Americans, during wartime.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Edward Anhalt (screenplay), Irwin Shaw (novel)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Lt. Christian Diestl
Montgomery Clift ... Noah Ackerman
Dean Martin ... Michael Whiteacre
Hope Lange ... Hope Plowman
Barbara Rush ... Margaret Freemantle
May Britt ... Gretchen Hardenberg
Maximilian Schell ... Capt. Hardenberg
Dora Doll ... Simone
Lee Van Cleef ... 1st Sgt. Rickett
Liliane Montevecchi ... Françoise
Parley Baer ... Sgt. Brandt
Arthur Franz ... Lt. Green
Hal Baylor ... Pvt. Burnecker
Richard Gardner Richard Gardner ... Pvt. Crowley
Herbert Rudley ... Capt. Colclough
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Storyline

The destiny of three soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian Diestl approves less and less of the war. Jewish-American Noah Ackerman deals with antisemitism at home and in the army while entertainer Michael Whiteacre transforms from playboy to hero. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Irwin Shaw's monumental best-seller See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The unfortunate appearance of the very poorly designed $20 bill, a key element in a series of sequences, was a result of the still more or less adhered to rule that real money or realistically designed counterfeit "stage" money could not be photographed, even though this rule which rarely seemed to be adhered to before the Production Code era, was already being blatantly disregarded, as in the case of The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), and the soon to be produced Psycho (1960). See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Marlon Brando's character is riding in some sort of staff car. The car is right-hand drive; the Germans did not use right-hand drive. However, the staff car is a French-made Laffly V15T, which is, indeed, right-hand drive and was used by the French Army in WWII. The vehicle was probably captured from the French Army. See more »

Quotes

Michael Whiteacre: Look, I've read all the books. I know that in 10 years we'll be bosom friends with the Germans and the Japanese. Then I'll be pretty annoyed that I was killed.
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Connections

Referenced in Oh! Qué mambo (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Bless 'Em All
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Godfrey, Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake
Heard at the restaurant where Margaret and Whiteacre are dining
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An Excellent Perspective of the Stupidity of a War
18 November 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

`The Young Lions' is the Second War II presented through the participation of three soldiers. Christian Diestl (Marlon Brando) is an idealistic German, son of a shoemaker. He joins the Army believing that life could improve in Germany under the administration of the Nazis. However, being a soldier, he cannot accept `acting like a police' in an occupied Paris and requests transference to the front, where he has another disappointment with the cruelty of the war. Noah Ackerman (Montgomery Clift) is a shy American Jew, a very simple man, just married with Hope Plowman (Hope Lange) and very discriminated in his platoon for being Jew. He goes to the war and leaves his family. Michael Whiteacre (Dean Martin) is a successful actor who became friend of Noah while in New York and is also obliged to join the army and go to London. There, he decides to leave the office activity and join his platoon in the front. This movie is excellent. It shows common people being used by government in a senseless war. All the main characters are peaceful common persons: Christian is a very simple person, wishing to climb socially in life in a Germany without opportunities and is misguided by the speech of Hitler and pretty soon he becomes aware how stupid war is. Noah is also a very simple person, a salesman from a department store, who indeed wishes to be with his family and join the Army just for obligation. And Michael is a selfish actor and bon vivant, without any sense of patriotism and who is not interest in anything but to have his life back. These characters are put together in a stupid war, having to kill persons to save their lives and to obey orders, which they do not agree. This movie is an excellent perspective of the stupidity of a war. My vote is eight.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

2 April 1958 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,550,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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