Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Aug 2017)
Brief Synopsis – An American patriot pretends to be Canadian in order to join up with the British Paratroopers towards the beginning of World War II.
My Take on it – I came across this film by accident when it was referenced as being connected to A Bridge Too Far (1977).
The premise sounded interesting so I decided to give it a shot.
The do a wonderful job here of showing both the physical and mental strain on men training to be the most elite paratroopers during World War II.
The ability to show us the rigorous training is amazing to watch because we easily learn to understand the problems these men face even during the training stages of their duty.
There is much politics involved in just about any unit and the added factor of backgrounds and geographical locations doesn’t make things any easier.
We get to see how these things factor into their everyday life and training for combat together.
Loved the way that this film deals with the notions about duty for country and unit yet they also deal with the ideas relating to the difficulties of the reality of command.
Bottom Line – Great idea for a film that shows both the physical and mental hardships of being among the elite soldiers during World War II. The do an excellent job showing up the rigorous training needed for their kinds of missions. We also get to learn a bit about the politics involved when putting together men from varying backgrounds and geographical locations and how that affects each and every one of them. I also loved the way this film deals with the ideas of duty to ones country and unit but also the realities and difficulties of command. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie was a British war movie with an American lead, Alan Ladd. The producers were very careful that this movie did not create the furor that Objective, Burma! (1945) had triggered eight years before. That movie was pulled from release in Britain after just one week. It was banned there after heated protests from British veterans groups and the military establishment. As the Burma campaign was a predominantly British and Australian operation, the picture was taken as a national insult due to the movie’s Americanization of the Burma operation. The resentment that many felt was seen as yet another example of Americans believing they had won the war singlehandedly. But there was still some criticism that an American was playing the lead in this movie. So for Paratrooper (1953), criticism was fended off by Ladd telling the media: “The story is of a Canadian [i.e. of the British Commonwealth and not an American] who joins the British Paratroopers in order to learn, not teach the job. All the big decisions in the film are made by the British.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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