Dr. Michael Corday, a recent graduate of the Harvard Medical School, is the son of Dr. John Corday, an eminent New York City surgeon who has a tendency to continue to direct the lives of ... See full summary »
Set during the Pacific War against the Japanese, this WW2 drama discerns between achieving one's mission at any cost versus preserving the lives under one's command and enforcing discipline through fear as opposed to mutual respect.
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
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A big budget, epic story about the personal lives of young men trained to fight in WWII, "Battle Cry" turned out better than I had expected. From boot camp to active duty in the Pacific, the plot accentuates the ups and downs of several marines, their love lives, their interpersonal relations and adaptation to the military, constantly lorded over by tough commanders.
From the title one would think the plot stresses battle scenes. But it does not, except in the final twenty minutes or so. The film therefore probably disappoints a fair number of viewers who expect something they won't see until near the end. I do think the plot structure trends repetitive. And given the lengthy runtime, some of the melodramatic scenes could probably have been edited out.
Still, the focus on character development is nice. It allows viewers to get to know the main characters. And so viewers have something invested in those characters when they do see combat. And not everyone survives. Consistent with 1950s storytelling, all of the characters are stereotypical.
The widescreen CinemaScope projection is too severe and distracts from the visuals. Images look unnecessarily small especially in wide-angle shots. Production design is quite credible. Staging of battle scenes is realistic. Acting varies from average to above average.
The story's theme focuses on the emotional toll that war takes on soldiers and their families, as everyone suffers from fear of an unknown future. Though the script is less than perfect, it's a good story. And with great production values, "Battle Cry" deserves to be seen at least once by serious viewers.
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