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There is only one, BEST. This is it.
This is the very best film ever made of infantry warfare during the Second World War. That's saying a lot. It is so real you can smell it. The rain, and mud, chills your bones. There's no heroics, just men doing for each other, not "The Cause", but each other. There is not a single cliche in it. When I was a boy, it brought a lump to my throat. As a man, I can not stand to watch it anymore. It doesn't shout its greatness, it doesn't even whisper it, or need to. It's real, it's grim, it's heart breaking, and it's the BEST.
Great film to be viewed on Memorial Day
- Jeff Boston
Pyle's tribute: For those below the wooden crosses, there's nothing we can do except pause and say "Thanks, Pal. Thanks." Wellman's realism is impressive. The mud, the silence, the facial hair, the dialogue of what men actually talk about. I can also see why Mitchum's career took off after this fine film, which includes Bob Hope wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, as well as God's blessings to the boys abroad. Hollywood knew then what we all know now: for all of Hope's success in vaudeville, radio, film, and television, he would be most revered for his USO tours and undying support of our troops through the generations, and such is why all flags were ordered to be flown at half staff when he left us.
I am a Korean war combat vet. I remember the movie when I was a child. Often wondered why it was never shown in later years. Would like to have it on DVD so my GKs could see it.
You would think that after seeing this movie several times, I wouldn't cry when they bring Robert Mitchum's body back to his men--but it gets me every time. I can't keep telling myself that this is 'just a movie' because it's not and I am so thankful for every service man and woman who have served so courageously through the years to keep my country free--and other countries as well. America is truly the Home of the Brave.
Oh, my aching back!
- Tennessee Jed
To watch that soldier coming back from patrol time after time........just to play the record of his son's little voice saying "I love you, daddy", and the record player not working is almost too much for me!! And then, after he is KIA, the men get it to work....powerful stuff. I can relate to his back pain, too!
- James Smith
Watch it, no if and no buts. Jim
The Story of G.I. Joe
- j kerr
After seeing this movie I want to see again and again. It shows what real combat is like.
A 'must see' film
- Jon Threshie
I happened upon "The Story of GI Joe" by chance, having no idea of its reputation or history. I was stunned by the power of this film, and surprised that it is not more highly touted by film historians and critics. The acting is impressive and realistic as it tells the story of Company C's infantry soldiers slogging through the hellish campaign to clear the Nazis from Italy. Free from overly dramatic music or overhyped dramatic turns, the film tells its story simply by showing the experiences of the soldiers and allowing the viewer to see the war as they saw it. I would recommend this film to anyone as one of the most effective movies about war ever made. I also recommend it as a fine film without respect to genre.
Powerfully realistic, this is a companion to Battleground, and Paisan. Robert Mitchum gives an Oscar-nominated performance, and Burgess Meredith is incomparable.