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take the high ground
- kevin sellers
Average war slash basic training pic. Big problem with it is the story and screenplay, by Millard Kaufman. Throughout the film the recruits are moaning about what a monster Richard Widmark's Army drill sergeant is, with more than one voicing a desire to murder him, but all that seems to be accomplished is to show what pussies the Army is compared to the Marines since, as written by Kaufman, Widmark's Sergeant Ryan is simply not all that brutal. Certainly, he's miles away from the Marine DI psycho sergeant so effectively portrayed by Lee Ermey, in "Full Metal Jacket." Hell, for my dough Widmark's not even as bad as Jack Webb in "The DI. So what results is a rather sanitized look at basic training, especially compared to the other, better, grittier films mentioned above. The other half of this film is also problematic since it is a not very interesting love story between Widmark and a woman with a shady (i.e. sluttish) past. The difficulty here is that the actress who plays the fallen woman, Elaine Stewart, is mediocre, although she's certainly not helped by some of Kaufman's worst lines (i.e. "You're married to the army!" "Leave me alone! You hurt people!") There are some good elements to this movie. I like how the issue of integration in the military is handled; basically like it's no big deal. The African American soldier is treated the same as the whites, with casual disdain by Widmark. And the acting, with the notable exception of Stewart, is good, with special commendations to Widmark, Karl Malden, Russ Tamblyn, and William Hairston. So, let's give it a C plus. P.S. This is one of the very few films Richard Brooks directed but did not write. Maybe, after shooting Kaufman's script, he figured it was easier just to write the damn thing himself.
Love Steve Forrest
This was a great movie.My favorite actor is,you guessed it,a younger Steve Forrest.
Love Blond Steve Forrest
- Steve Lobo
Love this man. Good movie, early in Steve Forrest's career.
Army, NOT Marines
- bob morris
Take the high ground is about ARMY basic training. It is NOT subtitled The making of a MARINE.
- Steve Forrest
I think Mr Forrest was my favorite here.Mr Widmark and Mr Malden great,but for hunkiness,Steve Forrest drew my eye.
Drill Sergeant Widmark excellent
- Jack Jacoby
Good Military story of the tough drill sergeant with the heart of gold, ably portrayed by the wonderful Richard Widmark. Written and directed by talented and versatile Richard Brooks, it is microcosm of Widmark's career, playing tough guys, killers, and crooks, when in real life, he was one of the kindest, most personable and good natured guys in Hollywood history. Co -starring, lifelong friend, Karl Malden, it's an entertaining and enjoyable story!
when will it be released
- john dougherty
when will this classic be released on dvd?
Take the High Ground!
Just watched this film for the first time and cannot say enough fine things about handsome, sexy Richard Widmark, who's performance for me stole the film. Could not take my eyes off Widmark, who gives an outstanding performance as Sgt. Thorne Ryan, a tough sergeant with a heart of gold and lots of sex appeal to boot. Worth seeing this film to watch Widmark give a top performance!
- sandy johnson
thos is one of my favorite widmark movies. he is so good in this and every other movie he ever made. i don't think he was ever appreciated for his acting. if he's in a movie i watch it
Solid overall performance
I am so thankful that TCM chose Richard Widmark for Summer under the Stars all -day long. I had no idea he was such a good actor, and the boys in this movie (including Russ Tamblyn) were very convincing as the raw recruits trying to become soldiers under Widmark's rough training. It's even humurous at times. The romance element was not as good for me, but I guess Julie was right that Sgt Ryan really "Was in love with the army". Great finish, repeating the beginning.