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World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While most of the men withdraw from their positions facing a German pillbox at the far side of a mine-field, half a dozen men are left to protect a wide front. By various ruses, they manage to convince the Germans that a large force is still holding the position. Then Reese leads two of the men in an unauthorized and unsuccessful attack on the pillbox, in which the other two are killed; and when the main platoon returns, he is threatened with court-martial. Rather that face the disgrace, and in an attempt to show he was right, he makes a one-man attack on the pillbox.Written by
This is the movie that Tom Hanks ripped for a number of scenes in saving private Ryan. See more »
On the line Pike asks Reese what do they have down there? Reese responds "9MM light". The German machine gun would have been either an MG34 or an MG42, both 7.92 X 57MM standard rifle size rounds in German Army.
A 9MM is a small pistol round used in machine pistole (burp guns), not in machine guns as "Light" may imply. See more »
Sgt. Jim Larkin:
[after PVT Driscoll crashes his jeep near the front lines, only to have it commandeered by the platoon sergeant, SFC Pike. Without a ride back to the relative safety of Division Headquarters, Driscoll is instantly transformed into a frontline combat troop - albeit untrained]
Don't worry about Major Winston. He'll be mighty happy and proud when he hears you've volunteered for combat duty.
Pfc. James E. Driscoll:
But sergeant, you don't understand! I was sent to clerk-typist school. That's all I've ever done in the Army....
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Interesting, albeit minor genre war film, which Steve McQueen carries on his back. He plays a latent sociopath who takes command of an isolated squad (with disastrous results) through sheer force of will, when the noncom in charge is killed. It's a chilling, totally convincing performance. The most provocative aspect is the way in which McQueen's GI relates to everybody else in the film - he's the only character who has no conceivable function in any peacetime world. Care is taken to give the men around him some civilian values - Bobby Darin is an urban scrounger; Mike Kellin thinks of his wife in a moment of extremity; Harry Guardino shows reverence in a bombed-out church; Bob Newhart (in a role which is in every other aspect absurd) isn't really a soldier at all. McQueen's character alone is left a cipher, a blank page for the actor to complete.
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