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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.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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20th CENTURY-FOX PRESENTS ALL THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF the Young Lions (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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2 April 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die jungen Löwen  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the only film Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift starred in together that was not a home movie. See more »

Goofs

The concentration camp guard addresses Diestl as "Kapitän" (with a French accent, probably because he's played by a French extra, as the scene was shot in France), when the correct way to address him would have been "Herr Hauptmann". "Kapitän" was a naval rank. See more »

Quotes

Draft Board Physician: You know, for a man your age, you're in excellent health. How do you manage it?
Michael Whiteacre: Clean liquor.
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Connections

Referenced in Montgomery Clift (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

There'll Always Be An England
(uncredited)
Music by Ross Parker & Harry Parr Davies
Lyrics by Hugh Charles
Heard during the El Alamein scenes
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One of Brando's best performances in an excellent parallel-narratives picture which shows us the human side of war.
18 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Young Lions sticks to its aim of showing us the human experience of war... Though it more often than not does this in a way which also filled the studio's quota of love scenes.

For a war picture, in fact, there are more love scenes than war scenes! In the first hour, you'd think you were in the wrong movie!

BRANDO FANS ALERT: This is one of his better performances, even one of his best i'd say.

Be warned: the picture is sort of episodic, and bounces between the germans and the americans every twenty minutes, developing parallel narratives. It can seem fairly uneven, for that reason.

How did Monty and Dean manage to be friends before the war and be drafted into the exact same platoon? Magic.

8/10.


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