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The Lost Battalion (2001)

TV-14 | | Action, Drama, War | TV Movie 2 December 2001
Fact-based war drama about an American battalion of over 500 men which gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of World War I.

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writer:

James Carabatsos (as Jim Carabatsos)
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Schroder ... Maj. Charles White Whittlesey (as Rick Schroder)
Phil McKee ... Capt. George McMurtry
Jamie Harris ... Sgt. Gaedeke
Jay Rodan ... Lt. Leak
Adam James ... Capt. Nelson Holderman - Co. K, 307th
Daniel Caltagirone ... Pvt. Phillip Cepeglia
Michael Goldstrom ... Pvt. Jacob Rosen
André Vippolis ... Pvt. Lipasti - Runner
Rhys Miles Thomas Rhys Miles Thomas ... Pvt. Bob Yoder - Sharpshooter
Arthur Kremer Arthur Kremer ... Pvt. Abraham Krotoshinsky
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ... Col. Johnson
Justin Scot ... Pvt. Omer Richards - Carrier Pigeons
Anthony Azizi ... Pvt. Nat Henchman
George Calil George Calil ... Pvt. Lowell R. Hollingshead
Wolf Kahler ... Gen. von Sybel
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Storyline

In 1918 in World War I, in the Meuse-Argonne Sector in France, the former New York lawyer and Major Charles White Whittlesey is assigned by Gen. Robert Alexander to a massive suicidal attack against the German forces in the Argonne Forest with his five-hundred-man battalion. However, the forces supposed to be giving support through the flanks retreat and the communications with the headquarter of the 77th American Division are cut. Major Wittlesey holds his position with his men, mostly Irish, Polish, Italian and Jewish immigrants from New York, surrounded by the German army. Without food, water, ammunition and medical supplies, only two hundred men survive after five days of siege. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Caught between two lines of fire, the Germans gave them two options: surrender or die. They chose a third.

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Luxembourg

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lost Battalion See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The doughboys in the film are equipped with the US rifle of 1917, aka, the "American Enfield" or "Eddystone" rather than the iconic M1903 Springfield. This was a good detail, because it's correct- due to manufacturing delays, the majority of doughboys were equipped with the M1917, an adaptation of the British Enfiled, rather than the more famous "-03 Springfield." See more »

Goofs

After admonishing the newly arrived Lt. Leak on his appearance, Maj. Whittlesey says "Oh, Lieutenant; Welcome to the 308th." It can be easily seen that Whittlesey has actually said, "Welcome to the 307th." (K Company / 307th was also cut-off, but managed to find and fall-in with the 308th.) See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gen. Robert Alexander: Major Whittlesey, there's going to be promotions and commondations for everybody! No wonder our airplanes couldn't find this place.
Lipasti: Well... your artillery certainly found it, General.
Gen. Robert Alexander: [to Whittlesey] Where's the rest of your battallion?
Maj. Whittlesey: [Whittlesee hands the General the collection of dog-tags] Sgt. Gaedeke we couldn't find enough to bury. Lt. Schenck's platoon is somewhere out there. I sent him to link with the French you said were on our flank, General.
Gen. Robert Alexander: [pulls Whittlesey aside] These ...
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27 August 2004 | by not_quite_rainSee all my reviews

To reply to D.Smyth's post, yes, the film might make some use of war clichés, but given that the original 1919 film did as well, it seems to be keeping honest to the source material. The battalion was historically a diverse one, and while we've seen the type before in war films, I didn't find the film's portrayal to be so terribly clichéd as to detract from its authenticity or enjoyment.

Also, regarding the goofs D.Smyth points out, the zippo indeed is post-WWI (early '30s); however, it was based on an earlier, Austrian design, which may have been the basis for what shows up in the film.

Also, I'm not sure what his basis is for "o'clock" not existing until twenty years later; to give just one example that contradicts it, Ford Madox Ford references the system twice in his poem "On October, 1914 (Antwerp)" ("This is Charing Cross; / It is one o'clock. ... / This is Charing Cross; it is past one of the clock;"), which was published in 1918.

-nqr


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