Force of Arms (1951)

Approved   |    |  Drama, Romance, War

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During World War II in Italy, an American sergeant and WAC lieutenant take time out for romance.

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  • William Holden and Nancy Olson in Force of Arms (1951)
  • William Holden and Nancy Olson in Force of Arms (1951)
  • Nancy Olson in Force of Arms (1951)
  • William Holden and Frank Lovejoy in Force of Arms (1951)
  • Force of Arms (1951)
  • Nancy Olson and Suzanne Ridgway in Force of Arms (1951)

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24 January 2019 | MartinHafer
| The writers obviously knew very little about romance.
I noticed other people said they thought this film was a remake of "A Farewell to Arms". Well, to me it's more a reworking....with enough differences to make it watchable. So, my reason to say to avoid it has nothing to do with this...but the writing.

The film is set in WWII. William Holden plays Sgt. John Peterson. Soon because of his heroism and coolness under fire, he's given a battlefield commission. This is good, because a little-known rule was that nurses were NOT allowed to date enlisted me because the nurses were officers. Now that John is a Lieutenant, the road is paved for him to date pretty nurse Eleanor McKay (Nancy Olson). At first, she wants nothing to do with him...but eventually he wears her down and they fall in love. What's to come of this romance?

The film has a few strikes against it. The biggest, by far, is the cheesy romantic dialog. I have heard more believable and romantic dialog in Steven Seagal and Tom Green movies!! Sappy, ridiculous and pretentious...the writers simply had no idea how to write romance. Additionally, the film was a weird combination of combat sequences and romance...and I think less combat and more romance (or the other way around) would have worked better. Finally, a few segments of grainy stock footage were used in these battles....they didn't fit and looked lousy. All in all, despite it being a Holden film, it's a bad of his worst.

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