Approved | | Action, Drama, War
In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post, but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high.
Although he plays a coward in this film, in real life Eddie Albert, who served in WW II, was a war hero. At the Battle of Tarawa (1943), whilst braving heavy enemy fire, he rescued over 70 wounded Marines, loading them on to his landing craft and taking them back to other ships to receive medical care. For these actions he was award the Bronze Star with "V" device for valor.
Cooney's a schlemiel - a southern fried schlemiel!
In the last 10 minutes of the movie, a character is shot by several other characters. With each of these shots, an empty shell casing should have been ejected from the rifles (M1 carbine and M1). In addition, the empty brass would have made a noticeable "tink" sound as it hit the stone floor in the cellar.
Opening credits prologue: EUROPE 1944
When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1997 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video.
English, German, French