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Force of Arms(1951)

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  • FORCE OF ARMS

    • Susanne Cavendish
    • 3/19/17

    I thought the dialogue in this movie stunk, and the writing was slanted to a political point of view, in some cases, such as when Lt MacKay [Olson] commented about DDT, a liberal clap-trap that has done more to kill third world country populations than starvation, war and social unrest, combined. not to mention that when it was outlawed it created more of all three, the world over. DDT was first used in war. after 1939 and the countless soldiers and populations spared death from malaria far outweighs the importance of a comment such as was written into dialogue for this movie. There were several good lines written for Mr Holden, though, not so many for Miss Olson. I agree with an earlier review which said Gene Evans portrayal was abysmal, for it was. It's hard to believe that Curtiz directed Casablanca and also directed this bomb. I can forgive Holden for taking the part of Pete Peterson and his dialogue was just a shade above average, and he may not have seen the movie as a whole. I give this movie a D.

  • force of arms

    • kevin sellers
    • 3/15/17

    Obviously an attempt to get large numbers of both sexes into the theatre by combining a war flic with a romantic/chick flic. Unfortunately, to pull this off you need a story like "From Here To Eternity" and this movie sure aint that. The battle scenes are decent. Director Michael Curtiz was always comfortable with physical action. But the love scenes...and there are many...between William Holden and Nancy Olson are painfully slow and mushy and repetitive. Holden can't get beyond his PTSD thing and Olson is terminally earnest and sweet, like Phyllis Thaxter on steroids. Also, this film features the only bad Gene Evans performance I've ever witnessed. However, Frank Lovejoy, playing a rather unromantic, straight talking major, is quite good. Indeed his is the best acting job in the movie and I kinda wished the screenwriters had chosen to kill Evans off instead of him. Give it a C. P.S. Lots of cheesy studio backlot sets sure didn't help to make you feel you were in Naples.

  • Movie that stays with you

    • Douglas
    • 2/18/17

    This movie is the simple story of two Americans falling in love in the middle of a war. What makes it above par is its dialogue and the 2 actors playing the parts. There are lines and scenes in this movie that seem to stick with you long after watching it. For Instance....William Holdens character tries to describe Nancy Olsens character to a friend (drunk because he wants her sexually but Nancy rebuffs him..not wanting anything cheap..wanting sex only with marriage) ..he says...."her soul is like a bell...every time you reach in and tap it.. it puts out the same pure note"..the battle scenes are somewhat tame compared to the more realistic ones we get nowadays but men still die and suffer...and Nancy Olsen does an excellent job of demonstrating her intense love for her soldier later in the movie carrying you along with her as she searches for Holden...this movie is the story of our parents and grandparents finding love in the midst of the largest conflict in human history...its good viewing.

    • 4/1/14

  • I love William Holden

    • Kacey
    • 9/5/11

    Must-see for William Holden fans. 1 of 3 pairings with Nancy Olsen, they are fabulous together. I may be biased because I love Holden so much, most reviews for this movie aren't good but it is one of my favorites.

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