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Battle Cry (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 February 1955 (USA)
A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Leon Uris (screenplay) (as Leon M. Uris), Leon Uris (novel) (as Leon M. Uris)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Heflin ... Maj. Sam Huxley - CO, 2nd Bn., 6th Marine Regt.
Aldo Ray ... Pvt. / Pfc Andy Hookens
Mona Freeman ... Kathy - later Mrs. Danny Forrester
Nancy Olson ... Mrs. Pat Rogers
James Whitmore ... MSgt. Mac / Narrator
Raymond Massey ... Maj. Gen. Snipes
Tab Hunter ... Pvt. / Cpl. Dan 'Danny' Forrester
Dorothy Malone ... Mrs. Elaine Yarborough - USO Manager in San Diego)
Anne Francis ... Rae
William Campbell ... Pvt. 'Ski' Wronski
John Lupton ... Pvt. / Cpl. Marion 'Sister Mary' Hotchkiss
L.Q. Jones ... Pvt. L.Q. Jones (as Justus E. McQueen)
Perry Lopez ... Pvt. Joe Gomez - aka Spanish Joe
Fess Parker ... Pvt. Speedy
Jonas Applegarth Jonas Applegarth ... Pvt. Lighttower - Navajo Phonetalker
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Storyline

In 1942, a group of young men join the Marines, leaving loved ones behind. Primed for battle, they are frustrated by many non-combat assignments, as we follow their wartime romances, especially Andy Hookens' involvement with Pat, a New Zealand widow. Andy and Pat have just decided that war requires them to 'live for the moment' when, in 1944, our team finally goes into a real battle... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE SCORCHINGLY PERSONAL BEST-SELLER! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Navajo

Release Date:

2 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Cry See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,440,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (RCA Sound System) (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)| Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Leon Uris, author of the novel on which the film is based, served during World War II as a radio man in the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, both the same military occupational specialty and organization of the novel and film's characters. Uris was engaged in combat during the Guadalcanal and Tarawa campaigns, being evacuated with malaria before the novel and film's climactic Saipan campaign. See more »

Goofs

Several scenes show African Americans in a predominantly white unit. The armed forces were racially segregated in WWII. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
MSgt. Mac: For Danny Forster, the war was over. For me? Well, you know how us old timers are. There'll always be boys to be trained and there'll always be battles to be wan. And like I said, politics and wars make strange bedfellows.
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Referenced in Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played at the Wellington Canteen when Andy first meets Pat
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It helps to be old enough
17 February 2002 | by keiljdSee all my reviews

For those of us who lived thru the War, BATTLE CRY is a splendid multi story Marines in Love and War drama, masterfully overseen by veteran Raoul Walsh, with a career perf by Aldo Ray, backed with fine work from Van Heflin, James Whitmore, Tab Hunter, Nancy Olson and others in a star cast. A huge box office hit from an equally big bestseller, marking a vast improvement on the book. Sentimental, exciting, plausible, involving and thoroughly entertaining; its 149 minute running time paced properly, unlike today's bloated epics, which seem to embrace overlength as a substitute for content and skill. Unlike Spielberg's yawner, CRY didn't need to resort to F/X bloodbaths to awaken the audience's attention.

I saw BATTLE CRY on Feb. 19, 1955 at the Laurel Theatre in San Carlos, a Saturday night at the movies in an Art Deco suburban house. Maybe you have to be 66 to appreciate this film for what it represents; and maybe you need to be 26 to swallow Spielberg's version of D-Day. I'll stick with BATTLE CRY.


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