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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
I saw this as a child and remember how grisly the action was. At the time, of course, war movies were really my thing since my Father, and most of my friends' fathers had fought in WWII. I then (and now) loved the pure and believable action to be found in many war films. "Heroes" was particularly violent for its time. German soldiers are graphically burned to death with flame throwers, shot to pieces with tommy guns, and cut to ribbons with a machete. The action was especially graphic for when this film was made and I am very surprised so much intense violence got past the censors.
I think the high resentments still around "post war" account for this. People wanted to see the Nazis get their well deserved violent end. The film is a good depiction of war and what it does to the men who are on the front lines. I am amazed when I watch it to see what a good actor Bobby Darin was and how well newcomer Boby Newhart did in his comic relief role. Steve McQueen and James Coburn were just about to hit their stride. They both give memorable performances--especially McQueen who is the dark hero. Harry Guardino, who would later work for director Seigel in Dirty Harry, is also a sympathetic figure. He was such an underrated character actor. The American soldiers depicted in the film are a good cross section of America as it was constituted in the 40's. If you love war films, and have not seen this one, go out of your way to do so. This is, I think, the best of the low budget black and white war films of the 50's and early 60's.
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