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The Sergeant (1968)

R | | Drama | 25 December 1968 (USA)
A story of a brilliant master sergeant with a great career behind him and transferred to yet another post, his attraction to a younger man eventually overrides him, to a point where his latent homosexuality, finally emerges.

Director:

John Flynn

Writers:

Dennis Murphy (screenplay), Dennis Murphy (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... MSgt. Albert Callan
John Phillip Law ... Pfc. Tom Swanson
Ludmila Mikaël ... Solange Gérard
Frank Latimore ... Capt. Loring
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Pop Henneken
Ronald Rubin Ronald Rubin ... Cpl. Cowley
Philip Roye Philip Roye ... Aldous Brown
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Sgt. Komski
Memphis Slim Memphis Slim ... Night Club Singer
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THE SERGEANT is the story of the dark inner struggle of Master Sergeant Albert Callan to overcome the overwhelming attraction he feels for one of his charges. In the staid and stifling environment of a post-World War II army post in France, Callan's deeply repressed attraction to other men surfaces when he encounters handsome Private Swanson. Maintaining the rugged "man's man" image of a war hero, Callan barks orders to his underlings. Later, lonely in his solitude, he recalls the frightening experiences of war and the events that led to this crossroads. Filled with self-loathing and unable to act on the natural attraction he feels for Swanson, Callan's affection festers into antagonism. He pushes Swanson constantly with verbal assaults and undeserved punishments. Oblivious to Callan's attraction to him, Swanson comes finally to feel enmity for his Master Sergeant. Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Just one weakness.... Just one. See more »

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Trivia

In one scene an off duty Swany meets his girl friend in town, out of unifirm. In anorher scene with the sergent they are off duty and the meet Swany's girl friend at a bar. The two soldiers are borh in uniform. The armed services has strict policies regarding off duty soldiers appearing in or out of uniform. Since they are not in a war zone, the overall commanding officer of the region decides. No two ways about it, you either can or you can not. appear off duty in casual clothes. But not both. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1952, but all the women's fashions and hair styles are strictly 1967-1968. See more »

Connections

Featured in Homo Promo (1991) See more »

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Brilliant film!!
10 July 2002 | by johns_maleboxSee all my reviews

I believe this is one of the most sensitive films about hiding your gayness in the military. Even though it takes place many years prior to the 'don't ask don't tell' motto, it speaks of the difficulties a gay man must cope with.

Now that the industry has lost one of its more brilliant character actors, I hope this movie will find its way to DVD, along with "The Loved One" which has been on moritorium for some time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az őrmester See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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