All the Young Men (1960) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • During the Korean War, a platoon leader dies, leaving his inexperienced black Sergeant in charge of his squad of belligerent and racist white men.

  • During the Korean War, the lieutenant in charge of a Marine rifle platoon is killed in battle. Before he dies, he places the platoon's sergeant, who's black, in charge. The sergeant figures on having trouble with two men in his platoon: a private who has much more combat experience than he does, and a racist Southerner who doesn't like blacks in the first place and has no intention of taking orders from one.


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  • All the Young Men is a 1960 feature film starring Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier. Poitier plays a Korean War sergeant commanding a small, isolated squad of American Marines, in 1951. The film explores the racial integration of the American military, centering on the African-American sergeant's struggle to win the trust and respect of the men in his unit.

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