The Victors


2h 55m 1963

Brief Synopsis

Intercutting dramatic vignettes with newsreel footage, the story follows the characters from an infantry squad as they make their way from Sicily to Germany during the end of World War II.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Dec 1963
Production Company
Highroad Productions, Inc.; Open Road Films, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Human Kind; a Sequence by Alexander Baron (New York, 1953).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Corporals Trower and Chase, Sergeant Craig, and other members of an American infantry squad in England are shipped to combat assignment in Italy following their training in Britain. After taking possession of a small town, Baker, one of the G.I.'s, finds a few hours of happiness with Maria, a young mother who has not heard from her soldier husband in many months. Later, the group arrives in France after the D-Day landing, where Craig spends the evening with a Frenchwoman terrified by the continuous bombing. Chase is tempted by the wealthy Magda to desert and join her in the enormously profitable black market; instead, he rejoins his outfit and suffers a leg wound in action. In Belgium, Trower falls in love with Regine, an opportunistic nightclub violinist, but she throws him over for a pimp. Throughout their ordeal, the men are subjected to strain beyond that brought on by combat or romantic entanglements: white Southerners in the outfit harass the black soldiers; battle-hardened G.I.'s shoot a puppy for sport; and Trower and Chase befriend an 11-year-old French boy, only to discover that he is baiting them for homosexual relations. By the war's end, Craig is in the hospital with half his face shot away, Chase still has his leg wound, and Trower is living in the Russian zone of Berlin with Helga, a young blonde whose sister continually boasts of luxuries provided her by a Russian captain. After a disillusioning evening with Helga, Trower gets involved in a pointless squabble with a drunken Russian soldier; unable to understand each other, the two men pull knives and stab each other to death.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Dec 1963
Production Company
Highroad Productions, Inc.; Open Road Films, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Human Kind; a Sequence by Alexander Baron (New York, 1953).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed in Italy, France, England, and Sweden. Opened in London in November 1963. The film acknowledges the cooperation of the Swedish Army Ordnance Corps.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1963

Released in United States 1963