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Carter's Army (1970)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 27 January 1970
A racist officer is put in charge of a squad of black troops charged with taking an important bridge from the Germans.

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George McCowan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen Boyd ... Capt. Beau Carter
Robert Hooks ... Lt. Edward Wallace
Susan Oliver ... Anna Renvic
Roosevelt Grier ... Big Jim
Moses Gunn ... Pvt. Doc Hayes
Richard Pryor ... Pvt. Jonathan Crunk
Glynn Turman ... Pvt. George Brightman
Billy Dee Williams ... Pvt. Lewis
Paul Stewart ... Gen. Clark
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A racist officer is put in charge of a squad of black troops charged with taking an important bridge from the Germans.

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Brigade See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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On the General's sleeve in the beginning, you can see the patch of the 1st Infantry Division, a.k.a. "The Big Red One". See more »

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[reading from Pvt. Brightman's notebook]
Lt. Edward Wallace: "July 25. We have been assured by Major Wallace that there will be a rest for us when we reach Berlin. The fighting has been hard, the strain almost unbearable. I will receive the Medal of Honor from General Eisenhower but the heroism of 'B' Company will be preserved by the men who have seen us fight and die."
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An Interesting TV movie....
28 October 2004 | by stalzz64See all my reviews

OK, first off I should say that I found this DVD for only $1.00 at Wal-Mart. That alone is scary-- I knew it might stink, but with the cast list, I thought it might actually be OK, and it is. It's a crappy DVD transfer though, but for 1 dollar I can't complain too much! It's what I thought it was, a TV movie originally aired on ABC from 1969 written by TV mogul Aaron Spelling and Produced by the great Danny Thomas Productions, who produced in such classic TV shows as The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, The Andy Griffith Show, etc,.

This film stars Stephen Boyd, a great character actor/leading man known for his roles in such movies as 'Ben Hur' and 'Fantatstic Voyage'. It features young newcomers such as Richard Pryor and Billy Dee Williams & football star Rosie Grier in great supporting roles as members of an all-black WW II US Army company ('B' Company) in France who are doing the 'grunt' work of the Army. Digging latrines, digging graves, dealing with garbage, etc. Basically getting No Respect.

Blacks were considered second class citizens during WW II. The story shows how Racist Redneck Major Carter (Boyd) is asked to go on a dangerous mission to blow up a Dam held by the Nazis and the only company of men to help accomplish the task are 'B' Company, (the all black company). They appear lazy and shiftless to Lieutenant Carter, who doesn't believe they can help him blow up the dam. Little does he know, they are more than up for the job. Carter asks their lieutenant in charge for 'volunteers', and he picks 6 men, including Pryor, Williams & Grier.

It's fairly standard TV movie fare, and it's kind of neat to see Pryor and Williams in early roles, as well as great black character actors Moses Gunn & Glynn Thurman (Cooley High)--as well as Susan Oliver, a great blonde character actress who appeared in lots of TV drama in the 60's on shows like 'Star Trek', 'Mannix', 'The Wild Wild West',etc.

I think it's a nice forgotten addition to black cinema, and shows that black men in WWII could be just as heroic as their white brothers. It's an interesting look at race relations in the late 60's context too, what with the Black Panther movement and all. It's kind of funny how all the black actors have big afros and a few have mustaches/goatees--not typical of WWII U.S.Army standards, but more like1969 fashion. Pryor sports a natty red beret throughout the whole story, too. I guess I recommend it as a piece of nostalgia. Again, The DVD transfer is Horrid, but viewable.


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