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Excellent War Drama
I see other reviews are mixed but I think this is one of the best war movies ever and I have it in my "top five." Great acting all around and especially by Robert Ryan, one of my favorites. Gritty drama directed by Anthony Mann. You don't need a huge cast and unending explosions and big budgets to make an excellent war film. There aren't a lot of Korean War movies but this and THE STEEL HELMET are the best.
The Guy Who Stepped On The Mines
- Maurice H
That was our friend Nehemia Persoff who panicked and ran through the mine field screaming "mines, mines." He is still going strong at 96!
men in war
- kevin sellers
Ok war film, that would have been a lot better if Philip Yordan's screenplay hadn't pulled its punches in the last half hour. I'm referring, of course, to Robert Keith's shellshocked colonel suddenly getting un-shellshocked and deciding to act like Audie Murphy, as well as Aldo Ray's selfish, cold blooded, cynical sergeant suddenly deciding to act like a conventional war hero and help out beleaguered Robert Ryan and his platoon. Up to that point the film had the proper, bleak, un flag waving tone of movies about the Korean War which, to put it mildly, was not as popular as WW2. Anthony Mann's direction, while a bit on the slow side, seemed to fit the daytime nightmare landscape of barren, rocky hills and scrub brush which, in its numbing repetition of death and tedium, had the look and feel of an extended Twilight Zone episode. Let's give it a B minus for at least pointing the way to a much better disillusioned war film set in Korea, "Mash.". P.S. Nice to see Robert Ryan playing a good guy, for a change.
best film about "forgotten war"
absolutely terrific film with strong acting from entire cast and an authentic look and feel of 1950 Korea. Suspense builds as doomed squad of G.I.'s approach their rendezvous with cruel destiny. Camera work and direction excellent. Beautiful B&W photography and haunting musical score round out a classic of the genre....probably Aldo Rays' finest performance and of course Robert Ryan is fantastic as always....great scene with James Edwards (who was good in everything he appeared in) as victim of "snatch party".....enemy is mostly unseen and only adds to subtle creepiness of film. I would view this with The Steel Helmet, Fixed Bayonets, (both with the terrific Gene Evans) and Pork chop Hill (1959 Gregory Peck film) to gain an insight into the way the American public was presented with the war in Korea....with weary bleakness and tired cynicism coupled with strong anti-war feeling. I give this picture an overall 5 stars out of 5. Watch it and you will learn the story of all wars.
Surprisingly good little-known Korean war film
- Sara Volk
This movie was based on a book written about an action on D-Day, so as far as the premise of the movie being credible, it is based on a first-hand account, only from a different war. I watched this movie because I will watch anything with Robert Ryan in it, and his performance as always was honest and extremely well done. I've never seen him "phone in" a performance; he was a consummate professional. The performance by Aldo Ray was very good as a smart-assed sargeant (surprisingly so for 1957) and Vic Morrow's especially surprising given the types of roles he played later in his career. It is a good, spare movie with an interesting story and interesting personalities. My only complaint is that the pace is very, very, very slow. Cutting it to 90 minutes would not have been out of line.
Good war movie...........
I love good black and white war movies - this one caught my eye right away. It's a really good movie - of course I'm no expert in military strategy to speak to the authenticity of the script or the probability of same - however it's a good war movie and held my attention from the inception. If you like old war movies like me, then it's definitely one to see. I guess you can pick anything apart if that's what you prefer to do - in general. All in all it's still what I would refer to as a "B" movie - but still it's very good with good acting in my opinion.
A MUST SEE WAR MOVIE!!!! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!!!
I had never seen nor heard of this film until a recent screening on TCM, and BOY WAS I GLAD I WATCHED IT!!!This movie simply blew me away. It has two of the best perfrormances I have ever seen given by Aldo Ray and Robert Ryan. Ryan is perfectly understated and Ray is perfectly manic and sarcastic. One feels that one is actually there. The amount of realism cannot be taken for granted. Many scenes were probably taken from real experiences since they were not typical Hollywood sentimentality. I purposely don't want to give much of the film away since THIS LITTLE KNOWN GEM SHOULD BE SEEN. I was actually riveted to the set watching this movie. You could not tell how it would end or what would the outcome be. Nor could one tell what was going to happen next. It constantly kept changing. Any character in the film was expendable, just as in real life. Given the negative outcome of the Korean War, it makes this film even more poignant.
Just not credible
A platoon is caught behind enemy lines in Korea. Although they are surrounded and out-numbered, the enemy can only sneak up on them when their backs are turned to bayonet them. There are so many snipers hiding in the bushes that the whole cast should be dead if each sniper only had a single bullet.Simply ridiculous. When one soldier finds a landmine, he calls out to the Lt., who runs up to check it out. Yes, he runs right thru a field of landmines. Page 1 of the army manual, I am sure. The guy that finds it waits all that while, and then decides to panic. He gets to his feet and runs away screaming, of course stepping on a mine and dying instantly. The enemy has heavy artillery, but only tries to shell them on one occasion. The director obviously had no clue about military tactics or army procedures. I would also add he lacked an understanding of basic human behavior. The reactions are obviously staged for the cameras. You can almost visualize the director calling cut and saying,"Now comes the scene where the guy panics." There are palpable pauses in the film before emotional scenes, as if everyone is waiting for the director to yell action before the actors react. If you've seen more than one war movie, this flick will seem downright silly.----------------------------------Submitted by: Dean
Plot improbable, action scenes not credible
A platoon is caught behind enemy lines in Korea. Although they are surrounded and out-numbered, the enemy can only sneak up on them when their backs are turned and bayonet them. There are so many snipers hiding in the bushes that the whole cast should be dead if each sniper only had a single bullet.Simply ridiculous. When one soldier finds a landmine, he calls out to the Lt., who runs up to check it out. Yes, he runs right thru a field of landmines. Page 1 of the army manual, I am sure. The guy that finds it waits all that while, and then decides to panic. He gets to his feet and runs away screaming, of course stepping on a mine and dying instantly. The enemy has heavy artillery, but only tries to shell them on one occasion. The director obviously had no clue about military tactics or army procedures. I would also add he lacked an understanding of basic human behavior. If you've seen more than one war movie, this flick will seem downright silly.riii