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The Victors (1963)

Intelligent, sprawling saga of a squad of American soldiers, following them through Europe during World War II.

Director:

Carl Foreman

Writers:

Alexander Baron (novel), Carl Foreman (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Edwards ... Pvt. George Baker (as Vincent Edwards)
Albert Finney ... Russian Soldier
George Hamilton ... Cpl. Theodore Trower
Melina Mercouri ... Magda
Jeanne Moreau ... French Woman
George Peppard ... Cpl. Frank Chase
Maurice Ronet ... French Lieutenant
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Maria
Romy Schneider ... Regine
Elke Sommer ... Helga Metzger
Eli Wallach ... Sgt. Joe Craig
Michael Callan ... Eldridge
Peter Fonda ... Weaver
James Mitchum ... Pvt. Robert Grogan (as Jim Mitchum)
Senta Berger ... Trudi Metzger
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Storyline

War has no victors, only survivors. Killing destroys the killers as well as the killed; because it murders decency, self-respect and ultimately life itself. The story follows in the footsteps of a squad of young American solders from the early days of the Battle of Britain, through the fierce fighting in Italy and France, to the uneasy peace of Berlin. Written by alfiehitchie

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The most beautiful woman in the world meet the toughest fighting men in the world! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK | USA

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English | French | German | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

19 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Sieger See more »

Filming Locations:

Boxhill, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Like several other unrelated films scripted by Carl Foreman, this film features characters surnamed Weaver, Grogan and Baker. See more »

Goofs

"Psst! Feind hört mit" meaning "Shh! Enemy is listening" appears in a scene on a wall. Then it changes to incorrect "Psst! Feine hört mit". Then it changes to the correct first version again. See more »

Quotes

[Craig is sound asleep in Philippe's old bed. Sounds of explosions and gunfire rage on outside, but he doesn't stir. A noise startles him awake and he grabs his gun barrel]
Sgt. Craig: Who's there?
[It's the French Woman. She's cowering in a corner of the bedroom]
French Woman: I'm sorry. I didn't want to disturb you, but I'm frightened. I just wanted to stay here, near someone.
Sgt. Craig: Those are our guns, I think.
French Woman: Mmm... It's not the guns, it's the planes! They were bombing till a moment ago, and you never woke up!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. All a poet can do today is warn . . ." WILFRED OWEN Born March 18, 1893 Killed in France, November 4, 1918. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints run 156 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Message from Carl Foreman (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Up With the Curtain
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Music by Jack Strachey
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it took a soldier to do that
25 December 2005 | by domingox7See all my reviews

What ever happened to this wonderful movie? When I was at the University of Oregon in the late 60s and early 70s it was shown on local t.v. in Eugene several times. I have not seen it since but it has lingered in my memory. What a great film.

One scene that has stayed with me all these years is the one with the dog. A new recruit shows up and joins a group of tired and war-weary vets. The new recruit has a young puppy and wants to bring it along. The puppy is cute and because I had watched a ton of American war films I thought that everyone would embrace the dog, make it their mascot and have a merry time as they wasted Krauts in the Hurtgen Forrest but the vets will not allow the dog to join them. What the vets know and the new guy doesn't is that they are headed for a place where only those with a hard heart survive. The Hurtgun is no place for pups or children. Only a certain type of individual could possibly survive there. You can see it in the vets that they would like to indulge the new guy and his dog, but they know better. They make the recruit leave the dog as they board the truck headed for the front. The puppy starts following the truck as it pulls away and the innocent new guy gets all excited and calls to him as it trails the truck. A vet pulls out his M-1 and shots the dog dead. Another vet turns to the new guy who is stunned in disbelief and says "it took a soldier to do that".

This movie, this scene and this line have stayed in my mind and its been over 30 years since last I've seen it.


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