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The Lost Battalion (2001)

TV-14 | | Action, Drama, War | TV Movie 2 December 2001
Fact-based war drama about an American battalion of over 500 men which gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of World War I.

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writer:

James Carabatsos (as Jim Carabatsos)
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Schroder ... Maj. Charles White Whittlesey (as Rick Schroder)
Phil McKee ... Capt. George McMurtry
Jamie Harris ... Sgt. Gaedeke
Jay Rodan ... Lt. Leak
Adam James ... Capt. Nelson Holderman - Co. K, 307th
Daniel Caltagirone ... Pvt. Phillip Cepeglia
Michael Goldstrom ... Pvt. Jacob Rosen
André Vippolis ... Pvt. Lipasti - Runner
Rhys Miles Thomas Rhys Miles Thomas ... Pvt. Bob Yoder - Sharpshooter
Arthur Kremer Arthur Kremer ... Pvt. Abraham Krotoshinsky
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ... Col. Johnson
Justin Scot ... Pvt. Omer Richards - Carrier Pigeons
Anthony Azizi ... Pvt. Nat Henchman
George Calil George Calil ... Pvt. Lowell R. Hollingshead
Wolf Kahler ... Gen. von Sybel
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Storyline

In 1918 in World War I, in the Meuse-Argonne Sector in France, the former New York lawyer and Major Charles White Whittlesey is assigned by Gen. Robert Alexander to a massive suicidal attack against the German forces in the Argonne Forest with his five-hundred-man battalion. However, the forces supposed to be giving support through the flanks retreat and the communications with the headquarter of the 77th American Division are cut. Major Wittlesey holds his position with his men, mostly Irish, Polish, Italian and Jewish immigrants from New York, surrounded by the German army. Without food, water, ammunition and medical supplies, only two hundred men survive after five days of siege. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Caught between two lines of fire, the Germans gave them two options: surrender or die. They chose a third.

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Luxembourg

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lost Battalion See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The doughboys in the film are equipped with the US rifle of 1917, aka, the "American Enfield" or "Eddystone" rather than the iconic M1903 Springfield. This was a good detail, because it's correct- due to manufacturing delays, the majority of doughboys were equipped with the M1917, an adaptation of the British Enfiled, rather than the more famous "-03 Springfield." See more »

Goofs

All soldiers in the film who are wearing gas mask bags in the "Ready" position have the bags on backwards. During WWI gas mask bags were worn with the snaps against the chest, not facing outward. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gen. Robert Alexander: Major Whittlesey, there's going to be promotions and commondations for everybody! No wonder our airplanes couldn't find this place.
Lipasti: Well... your artillery certainly found it, General.
Gen. Robert Alexander: [to Whittlesey] Where's the rest of your battallion?
Maj. Whittlesey: [Whittlesee hands the General the collection of dog-tags] Sgt. Gaedeke we couldn't find enough to bury. Lt. Schenck's platoon is somewhere out there. I sent him to link with the French you said were on our flank, General.
Gen. Robert Alexander: [pulls Whittlesey aside] These ...
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Referenced in Laurel Canyon (2002) See more »

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Not worth the hype.
5 January 2002 | by laplanderSee all my reviews

This movie, for all the hype, is really a let down to those who know what really happened in the Charlevaux Ravine between October 2nd and October 8th, as well as the offensive fought in the Argonne Forest between September 26th and November 11th. Factually the movie repeatedly persists in making very basic mistakes concerning uniforms, dialog, military matters, and a whole host of other points too numerous to mention in this post. The quality of the acting is marginal at best, the continuity falls well short of the mark, and the story line fails to follow what really happened. The researchers obviously didn't do their jobs - otherwise the majority of the mistakes made would never have occured (ie: it wasn't the '308th Battalion', it was basically the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 308th Infantry Regiment, 154th Infantry Brigade, 77th Division, and elements of the 306th Machine Gun Battalion, and Company 'K' of the 307th Infantry - it is also inconceivable that combat soldiers would STAND UP in the middle of an attack and expose themselves to infilading fire) The location chosen for the film does not resemble the Charlevaux Ravine in the least, nor does Rick Schroeder resemble Charles Whittlesey (or act like him for that matter). All in all, except for certain battle scenes, this movie was a pure waste of film. Robert J. Laplander Author of the forthcoming book "Epic in the Argonne: A Comprehensive History of Charles W. Whittlesey and the Lost Battalion"


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