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A Walk in the Sun (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 25 December 1945 (USA)
During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Harry Brown (by), Robert Rossen (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Sgt. Bill Tyne
Richard Conte ... Pvt. Rivera
George Tyne ... Pvt. Jake Friedman
John Ireland ... Pfc. Windy Craven
Lloyd Bridges ... Sgt. Ward
Sterling Holloway ... McWilliams
Norman Lloyd ... Pvt. Archimbeau
Herbert Rudley ... Sgt. Eddie Porter
Richard Benedict ... Pvt. Tranella
Huntz Hall ... Pvt. Carraway
James Cardwell ... Sgt. Hoskins
George Offerman Jr. ... Pvt. Tinker
Steve Brodie ... Pvt. Judson
Matt Willis ... Sgt. Pete Halverson
Christian Drake ... Rankin (as Chris Drake)
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In the 1943 invasion of Italy, one American platoon lands, digs in, then makes its way inland to blow up a bridge next to a fortified farmhouse, as tension and casualties mount. Unusually realistic picture of war as long quiet stretches of talk, punctuated by sharp, random bursts of violent action whose relevance to the big picture is often unknown to the soldiers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THEY FOUGHT BEST WHEN IT WAS HOPELESS! (print ad for 1951 reissue "Salerno Beachhead" - all caps)

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Drama | War

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Feature-film debut (uncredited) of Robert Horton. See more »

Goofs

When taking a 10 minute break, the soldiers state that it is 7:30 am, but the shadows indicate that the sun is clearly high in the sky, more like noon. See more »

Quotes

Friedman: Where are we going, Rivera?
Rivera: I am going someplace where I can set up this weapon. Then I am going to shoot this weapon. I am not gonna walk any more!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: It was just a little walk In the warm Italian sun But it was not an easy thing And poets are writing The tale of that fight And songs for children to sing See more »

Connections

Featured in Blue in the Face (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
[incorporated instrumentally to background music during assault on farmhouse]
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Very Interesting & Effective War Feature
5 December 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a very interesting war feature, with an unusual approach that works well and a good cast that gives life to the many and varied characters. The touch that allowed Lewis Milestone to make "All Quiet on the Western Front" one of the finest movies of its genre is also evident here. Things are presented in a straightforward fashion, with barely a comment on most of what happens, allowing you to have your own honest reactions to events.

The story lets you see follow one morning of action in World War II Italy, seeing everything as if you were with the platoon that the movie follows. The 'big picture' is missing entirely, just as it undoubtedly was for most of the fighting men most of the time. They barely know what will happen next, much less what might happen when they reach their objective. Milestone's story-telling skills make this approach work very well, maintaining the tension both in the occasional action scenes and in the dialogue-heavy sequences.

The cast includes many good character actors, and the characters are a believable assortment without a lot of stock figures. Dana Andrews does a fine, understated job as the sergeant with the most crucial responsibilities, and many of the other actors have some good moments as well. Some are likable, and some are deliberately annoying; none are heroic, but all are ready to do their jobs.

The operation and some of its tactics are no doubt stylized slightly for cinematic effect, but the story works very well. There are, of course, other World War II movies with more action, bigger budgets, and more complex stories, but the very simplicity of "A Walk in the Sun" is one of its strengths. For a couple of hours, you live and struggle with a group of believable characters, and for a while their world is your world. That's a good indication that the movie has succeeded in its objective.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salerno Beachhead See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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