Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jan 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A war correspondent joins a platoon of soldiers in Italy during the battles of WWII and writes articles for the newspaper detailing the kind of men who were fighting for freedom so far from home.
My Take on it – This is a such a great war movie and the fact that it was made while the war was still being fought says so much for the visionary choice to film it.
They do an amazing job showing the various kinds of men from all walks of life who fought in World war II for freedom against fascism.
The story does a wonderful job developing the very diverse characters who were given this difficult task.
each of them were affected differently by their mission and we get to see how they each would reflect on their own lives when trying to understand why they were there and how they spent their time fighting.
The camaraderie between the men is quite apparent here and that also is a factor in the way that they would work together getting through the bloody days of combat since they are all acutely aware of the fact that they needed to rely on one another in order to get home safely.
Burgess Meredith is a great choice to play the part of the real life Ernie Pyle because he has the build of a war correspondent instead of one of a gung-ho soldier.
He also shows the kind of intelligence and charisma needed in order to befriend these men in order to get their personal stories and experiences to be able to pass them on to those on the home front in order to boost morale.
Robert Mitchum tho steals the film as the commanding officer of the unit and gives a very strong and powerful performance here.
This performance garnered him his sole Oscar nomination (as Best Supporting Actor) and he was quite deserving of such an accolade for this role.
It also helped solidify him as a great actor and potential box office star.
The is a movie that is able to be used as a memorial for those that didn’t make it home from the war while also being a way to show much support for those that did.
We get a clear idea as to why they needed to travel so far to fight for freedom no matter the cost.
Bottom Line – Does a great job showing the various men who fought for America (and the world’s) freedom during World War II. The story helps develop the very diverse kind of men given this task and how each is affected differently when reflecting on why they were there and how they fought. This films shows the way that camaraderie played in as a major factor in helping these men get through the bloody days of battle because they knew that they needed to depend on one another in order to make it out in the end. Meredith is great in the lead because he looks the part of a war correspondent who needed to keep up with the soldiers during their travels yet also had the intelligence to write stories about their experiences along the way. Mitchum is great as the commander of the unit that he is following and deservingly received his sole career Oscar nomination for his performance here which solidified him as a box office star. This film does a great job showing why it was necessary for these men to travel so far to fight for freedom and is a great memorial for those that paid the ultimate price for doing so as well as a way to show support for those who were lucky enough to make it home. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The extras in the film were real American GIs, in the process of being transferred from the war in Europe to the Pacific. Many of them were killed in the fighting on Okinawa – the same battle in which Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese machine gunner – never having seen the movie in which they appeared. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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