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Sniper's Ridge (1961)

Approved | | War, Drama | February 1961 (USA)
A treaty to end the Korean War is about to be signed, but tensions between enemy forces are still high. Capt. Tombolo (John Goddard), who heads a combat unit with a shaky reputation, orders... See full summary »

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Pvt. Sharack
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Cpl. Pumphrey
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Capt. Tombolo
Douglas Henderson ...
Sgt. Sweatish (as Doug Henderson)
Gabe Castle ...
Lt. Peer
Allan Marvin ...
Pvt. Ward
Anton von Stralen ...
Bear (as Anton Van Stralen)
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Medic Gwathney (as Albert C. Freeman Jr.)
Mason Curry ...
David
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Pvt. Tonto (as Henry Delgado)
Stanley Dyrector ...
Bo-Bo (as Mark Douglas)
Tom Sweet ...
Soldier (as Thomas A. Sweet)
Scott Randall ...
Soldier
Joe Cawthon ...
Pvt. Owens
George Yoshinaga ...
Mongolian
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A treaty to end the Korean War is about to be signed, but tensions between enemy forces are still high. Capt. Tombolo (John Goddard), who heads a combat unit with a shaky reputation, orders a pointless, dangerous final patrol, and steps on a "Bouncing Betty," a land mine that explodes only after pressure on it is released. Despite his deep resentment for Tombolo, Cpl. Sharack (Jack Ging), the unit's finest soldier, begins mulling over ways to save his commanding officer from certain doom Written by LMW

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YOU HAD A RIFLE IN YOUR HANDS...AND A PRAYER ON YOUR LIPS--BUT IF YOU WANTED TO COME BACK..YOU'D BETTER FIGHT LIKE THERE WAS NO TOMORROW! (original poster-all caps)

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War | Drama

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February 1961 (USA)  »

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Sidiroun kranos  »

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2.35 : 1
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Cpl. Humphrey: A man shouldn't get a medal for doing his job. And carrying two screaming kids out of a burning building should be anyone's job!
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Referenced in Forbidden Flesh (1968) See more »

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Direct Hit
25 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

An unrelentingly grim and emotional Korean War drama, Sniper's Ridge is a tidy piece of work, well-directed by John Bushelman, it gives a nice sense of how confining war can be; accustomed as moviegoers are to vast beaches and endless jungles, this film paints a more accurate portrait of war, as small, remote and cramped, with men scurrying in and out of ditches and bunkers like rats.

The film is as much as character study as anything else, as it follows the unraveling of an heroic, reluctant and homesick soldier on the last day of the war. There are also parallel stories concerning, among others, a vindictive officer, a compassionate career dog-face, and a sergeant who has lost his nerve. The sergeant is the most interesting and tragic of the bunch, as he was once a genuine hero, for reasons he didn't understand, and is now afraid of being killed, and again doesn't comprehend what's going on. For all this, he remains highly likeable and sympathetic throughout the course of the film.

Jack Ging, as the reluctant hero, is excellent, breathing life into what in lesser hands might have been a thoroughly obnoxious if at times admirable character. Stanley Clements is suburb and wholly believable as a two-fisted tough guy. As the sergeant, Douglas Henderson is magnificent, as he plays, with great dignity, a man haunted by ambivilance and fear, yet in whom we sense a fine if wounded individual.


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