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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:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film attracted averse criticism from film critics for its portrayal of a sympathetic Nazi character. See more »

Goofs

When Diestl and Hardenberg are riding on the motorcycle across the desert, they are shown passing the same wrecked and burning vehicles twice - on the obvious rear-screen projection behind them. 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 The Rat Pack (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Heard at the party in Bavaria
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Young men thrown into a terrible conflict
6 September 2006 | by juanmllerasSee all my reviews

An interesting vision of young men in war. The idealist, the shy and the playboy get to war. All will be changed by the horror of the conflict, not only with enemy troops, but within their ranks.

Lt. Christian Diestl's (Marlon Brando) sense of honor and gentle behavior clashes with the cruel, senseless attitude of his superior, Capt. Hardenberg, realistically played by Maximilian Schell.

Private Ackerman (Montgomery Clift) a shy unassuming Jewish boy becomes a courageous soldier, opposing both enemy soldiers and the bigotry of their comrades.

Private Withacre, a playboy who tries to avoid duty (Dean Martin), finally ends up resigning a safe post to join the fighting in Normandy, and becoming a soldier.

The usual Black and White shooting enhances the cruelty of WWII. If you find it, don't miss this performance by great actors.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

2 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Young Lions See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,550,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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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