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The Sergeant (1968)

A story of a brilliant master sergeant with a great career behind him and transferred to yet another post, his attraction to a younger man eventually overrides him, to a point where his latent homosexuality, finally emerges.

Director:

John Flynn

Writers:

Dennis Murphy (screenplay), Dennis Murphy (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... MSgt. Albert Callan
John Phillip Law ... Pfc. Tom Swanson
Ludmila Mikaël ... Solange Gérard
Frank Latimore ... Capt. Loring
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Pop Henneken
Ronald Rubin Ronald Rubin ... Cpl. Cowley
Philip Roye Philip Roye ... Aldous Brown
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Sgt. Komski
Memphis Slim Memphis Slim ... Night Club Singer
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Storyline

THE SERGEANT is the story of the dark inner struggle of Master Sergeant Albert Callan to overcome the overwhelming attraction he feels for one of his charges. In the staid and stifling environment of a post-World War II army post in France, Callan's deeply repressed attraction to other men surfaces when he encounters handsome Private Swanson. Maintaining the rugged "man's man" image of a war hero, Callan barks orders to his underlings. Later, lonely in his solitude, he recalls the frightening experiences of war and the events that led to this crossroads. Filled with self-loathing and unable to act on the natural attraction he feels for Swanson, Callan's affection festers into antagonism. He pushes Swanson constantly with verbal assaults and undeserved punishments. Oblivious to Callan's attraction to him, Swanson comes finally to feel enmity for his Master Sergeant. Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Just one weakness.... Just one. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az őrmester See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene an off duty Swany meets his girl friend in town, out of unifirm. In anorher scene with the sergent they are off duty and the meet Swany's girl friend at a bar. The two soldiers are borh in uniform. The armed services has strict policies regarding off duty soldiers appearing in or out of uniform. Since they are not in a war zone, the overall commanding officer of the region decides. No two ways about it, you either can or you can not. appear off duty in casual clothes. But not both. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1952, but all the women's fashions and hair styles are strictly 1967-1968. See more »

Connections

Featured in Homo Promo (1991) See more »

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Steiger on top form.
10 May 2011 | by MrOllieSee all my reviews

I saw this film upon it's release and it has registered in my memory ever since. I was greatly impressed by Rod Steiger's performance as a closet homosexual Sergeant in the US army who strongly desires a young Private played by John Philip Law. I was fascinated watching how this obsession destroys this rough, tough sergeant. I particularly remember the scene where Steiger grabs hold of Philip Law and kisses him full on the lips. I must confess that I was greatly shocked at the time as I had never seen a man kiss another man before. (Now it happens on British TV regularly - how times have changed!!) All in all, I think this an excellent movie!


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