The story of men at war and that of the esteemed Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Soon after the U.S. entry into World War II, Pyle joined C Company, 18th Infantry in North Africa. There he got to know the men and often wrote about them in his columns mentioning them by name, something both the soldiers and their families back home appreciated. Pyle moved to other units but as C Company is the first he went into combat with, he considers them "his" company and rejoins them in Italy. Many will die but his reporting brings a human face to war. Written by
During WW2, infantry soldier Frank Feldman wrote a letter to his wife, describing how his unit watched the movie one evening away from the battlefield. He wrote that the film was very accurate, and that many soldiers left the viewing "with tears in their eyes." The letter survives to this present day. See more »
When the dead body of Captain Walker (Robert Mitchum) is on the ground, awaiting pick-up by the Graves detail, his eyelids flutter continually during close-ups. See more »
The new kids that come up, that's what gets you. The new ones, some of them have just got a little fuzz on their faces. They don't know what its all about. Scared to death. You know, Ernie, I know it ain't my fault that they get killed, but it makes me feel like a murderer. I hate to look at 'em, the new kids.
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Opening credits: With the exception of persons whose true names are used, the characters and events portrayed are fictional. Any similarity to other persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »
The film is now available after years of litigation.
I found this to be a particularly poignant film about WWII - no heroics, just the simple getting through the day & night of a company of US infantry. Much like Ernie Pyle humanized the 'G. I.' in his written pieces, Wellman does the same on film. The heat, dirt, cold, mud, rain...fear, uncertainty, waste - it's all here without the bombast and manipulation of "Saving Private Ryan'. The performances are wonderful - most of the performances were given not by professionals but by the soldiers themselves. There is one scene between Mitchum and Meredith that was apparently an audition film
it was so right, it was simply inserted into the film. There are human
touches throughout, as well as the insanity of war. I would strongly recommend this film to anyone who has an appreciation for the director, actors, theme. It's not a grisly film, and it is slow, but overall well worth watching.
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