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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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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

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,960,000
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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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Trivia

This film is credited as being a comeback movie for Dean Martin after his split with Jerry Lewis. See more »

Goofs

At the end, when Noah Ackerman is walking across the street to meet his wife who is coming toward him, he has his uniform trousers "bloused" at the tops of his combat boots. This was only done by Airborne troops but Ackerman was in the infantry so this would have been improper. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Hardenberg: [two Nazi officers, escaping on a motorcycle in the middle of the endless desert] Don't fall asleep, damn you. Talk! Talk to me!
Lt. Christian Diestl: [confused] Uh, I wish I was back in Austria! I wish I was back in the snow... in the winter... in the mountains...
Capt. Hardenberg: [impatient] Not like that! Talk about something else!
Lt. Christian Diestl: [amused] Can I talk about what I did with your wife the last time I was in Berlin?
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Connections

Referenced in The Rat Pack (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Das Lied der Deutschen
(uncredited)
aka "Deutschland Uber Alles" or "Das Deutschlandlied"
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
Sung 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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