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Men in War (1957)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 26 January 1957 (USA)
During the Korean War, a battle-worn lieutenant and his platoon are behind enemy lines, and have orders to march to Hill 465 for possible relief.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Ben Maddow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Ryan ... Lt. Benson
Aldo Ray ... Montana
Robert Keith ... The Colonel
Phillip Pine ... Sgt. Riordan (as Philip Pine)
Nehemiah Persoff ... Sgt. Lewis
Vic Morrow ... Cpl. Zwickley
James Edwards ... Sgt. Killian
L.Q. Jones ... Sgt. Davis
Scott Marlowe ... Pvt. Meredith
Adam Kennedy Adam Kennedy ... Pvt. Maslow
Race Gentry ... Pvt. Haines
Walter Kelley Walter Kelley ... Pvt. Ackerman
Anthony Ray ... Pvt. Penelli
Robert Normand Robert Normand ... Pvt. Christensen
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Pvt. Lynch
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In Korea, on 6 September 1950, Lieutenant Benson's platoon finds itself isolated in enemy-held territory after a retreat. Soon they are joined by Sergeant Montana, whose overriding concern is caring for his catatonic colonel. Benson and Montana can't stand each other, but together they must get the survivors to Hill 465, where they hope the division is waiting. It's a long, harrowing march, fraught with all the dangers the elusive enemy can summon. Who will survive? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The part of the military machine that bleeds ! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Trivia

Sgt. Montana wears the shoulder patch of the 1st Cavalry Division, while the rest of the platoon wear that of the 24th Infantry Division. In fact both of these divisions were some of the first troops to be rushed to Korea to stem the tide of the initial North Korean advance in summer of 1950, and suffered heavy losses in the retreat to the Pusan Perimeter, where a successful stand was finally made. The action in the film is representative of the disconnected units left by the chaotic retreat of the American troops in the early days of the war. See more »

Goofs

During the piecemeal movement of the platoon and jeep through the gauntlet of artillery fire, the shadow of the camera is visible on the hood of the jeep. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Benson: You know, I feel sorry for you, Montana. You got nobody now but me.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "TELL ME THE STORY OF THE FOOT SOLDIER AND I WILL TELL YOU THE STORY OF ALL WARS."

KOREA SEPTEMBER 6, 1950 See more »

Connections

Featured in Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Men in War
(uncredited)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Alan Alch
sung by male chorus
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Underrated, gritty, beautifully directed and acted
26 September 2011 | by davidgarnesSee all my reviews

By good luck, I came across a VHS video (good print) of this 1950s Anthony Mann film. It was well worth watching. It is stark, unflinching, and offers an altogether convincing depiction of how soldiers behave in a harrowing, no-win situation. Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray, both truly fine actors, are excellent in their symbolically contrasting roles of two kinds of military men. Robert Keith and Vic Morrow are standouts in supporting roles. Keith is especially wonderful in an essentially non-speaking,though key, part...his face says it all. The music by Elmer Bernstein and the cinematography by the great Ernest Haller are perfect...the soundtrack creepy and other-worldly, and the cinematography capturing the "no man's land," confusing, deadly landscape in longshots, as well as the emotions of the soldiers when photographed close-up. See this film!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1957 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Security Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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