Number of Times Seen – 3 times (Cable in the 90’s, 10 Sep 2001 and 15 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A company of soldiers are sent on a dangerous mission but the commander doesn’t trust that his orders are coming from a reliable source who will keep his word.
My Take on it – I have always really enjoyed this film every time that I’ve seen it because it depicts real situations that unfortunately happen in war.
They give us a very realistic depiction of how battles were fought during World War II including realistic action yet also provide us with other issues that cause even more problems when soldiers must follow orders they are given.
Jack Palance and Eddie Albert are both superb here showing us two varying perspectives on how a hero and a coward deal with situations in the time of war.
Lee Marvin and Robert Strauss are both great in supporting roles.
This film leaves us with so much to ponder about the how and why of orders during battles and the reasons that those decisions are made even if they aren’t always so pure of heart.
Bottom Line – Great film because it manages to give us a realistic depiction of war and action yet also shows some of the personal issues that cause even more problems on the battlefield. Palance and Albert are both superb as two sides of the coin and give us perspectives of both a hero and a coward on what needs to happen during a battle. This film gives us so much to ponder about who makes decisions during war and what basis are used for those choices. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although he plays a coward in this film, in real life Eddie Albert, who served in WW II, was a war hero. At the Battle of Tarawa (1943), whilst braving heavy enemy fire, he rescued over 70 wounded Marines, loading them on to his landing craft and taking them back to other ships to receive medical care. For these actions he was award the Bronze Star with “V” device for valor. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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