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The Victors (1963)

Intelligent, sprawling saga of a squad of American soldiers, following them through Europe during World War II.

Director:

Carl Foreman

Writers:

Alexander Baron (novel), Carl Foreman (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Edwards ... Pvt. George Baker (as Vincent Edwards)
Albert Finney ... Russian Soldier
George Hamilton ... Cpl. Theodore Trower
Melina Mercouri ... Magda
Jeanne Moreau ... French Woman
George Peppard ... Cpl. Frank Chase
Maurice Ronet ... French Lieutenant
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Maria
Romy Schneider ... Regine
Elke Sommer ... Helga Metzger
Eli Wallach ... Sgt. Joe Craig
Michael Callan ... Eldridge
Peter Fonda ... Weaver
James Mitchum ... Pvt. Robert Grogan (as Jim Mitchum)
Senta Berger ... Trudi Metzger
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Storyline

War has no victors, only survivors. Killing destroys the killers as well as the killed; because it murders decency, self-respect and ultimately life itself. The story follows in the footsteps of a squad of young American solders from the early days of the Battle of Britain, through the fierce fighting in Italy and France, to the uneasy peace of Berlin. Written by alfiehitchie

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The most beautiful woman in the world meet the toughest fighting men in the world! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | German | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

19 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Sieger See more »

Filming Locations:

Boxhill, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Carl Foreman signed Sophia Loren in April 1962, but an impending court case limited her availability and so he replaced her with Rosanna Schiaffino. See more »

Goofs

"Psst! Feind hört mit" meaning "Shh! Enemy is listening" appears in a scene on a wall. Then it changes to incorrect "Psst! Feine hört mit". Then it changes to the correct first version again. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Craig: All right, fall out.
[His troupe starts to leave]
Sgt. Craig: No, hold it, hold it. I wanna give you ten minutes. I don't want anybody getting lost. I don't want any looting, and I don't want anybody going into these houses. They're full of booby traps. I'm not gonna hang around to scrape any stupid idiot off a wall. Is that clear? Okay, fall out.
[the men start walking]
Sgt. Craig: Anybody need any water, get me a canteen.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: ENGLAND, 1942 See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints run 156 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Execution of Private Slovik (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Sails in the Sunset
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Will Grosz
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A Powerful Statement
21 November 2002 | by treagan-2See all my reviews

It's been many years since I've seen this picture, but there are scenes and sequences which I will never forget.

Essentially, the film tells how war, any war, ultimately de-humanizes everyone it touches. Some survive. Some don't. Others are permanently scarred. Through the cracks in the rubble, human goodness and feeling sometimes emerges, but the overall cost is unbearably heavy.

Particularly powerful are sequences where George Hamilton returns to the European city to visit the girl he'd fallen in love with, not expecting to find what he finds has happened to her; George Peppard visiting "old sarge" in the hospital, also to be surprised; the ugly face of racial violence within the armed forces.

Episodic, yes, even maddeningly so, as the film loosely follows a group of sometimes unconnected soldiers and what happens to them and others--but still, THE VICTORS haunts and reminds us that war is the last acceptable choice of human activities.


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