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The Victors (1963)

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


Carl Foreman


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




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


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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A Shattering Entertainment Experience! See more »


Drama | War


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Did You Know?


Like several other unrelated films scripted by Carl Foreman, this film features characters surnamed Weaver, Grogan and Baker. See more »


"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 »


Soldier: Where's your sentries, Craig?
[to his other men]
Soldier: Little Bo Peep has lost his sheep!
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. All a poet can do today is warn . . ." WILFRED OWEN Born March 18, 1893 Killed in France, November 4, 1918. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints run 156 minutes. See more »


Referenced in The Guns of Navarone: A Message from Carl Foreman (1962) See more »


Shoo Shoo Baby
Written by Phil Moore
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13 February 2004 | by wdflannerySee all my reviews

I saw this movie many years ago, and still remember it. I'd like to see it on video. The movie has a surreal feel to it.... but, I imagine that anyone actually involved in the madness of fighting a modern war feels the surrealness of the movie a very faint immitation of the surrealness of war. The typical movie presents a view of an event, and one has the feeling that all that is significant about the event has been recorded and presented in the movie, but in "The Victors" it is clear that what is being presented is just a peek at reality .. the whole story is unknown, unknowable.... Just as in life we usually feel as if we understand what's going on around us and are acting in a perfectly rational manner, when in fact we are each very small players on a stage and we are being blown about like leaves by forces we don't even know exist.

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Release Date:

19 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Victors See more »

Filming Locations:

Boxhill, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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