Approved | | Action, Drama, War
An American colonel who has never been in combat is assigned to create a special forces unit from Canadian Army troops and a ragtag group of U.S. Army misfits.
According to the DVD back cover, "The U.S. Department of Defense provided 300 members of the Utah National Guard to play soldiers in the mass battle scenes filmed on Wasatch Mountain."
Pvt. Rockwell 'Rocky' Rockman:
"Holy cow, it's straight up!"
Pvt. Hugh MacDonald: "What's the beef? It's only a mile high."
When the Canadian contingent arrives at the training centre (to use normal Canadian spelling), they are marching to bagpipes, but at far too fast a pace. Most pipe marches have a maximum pace of no more than about 90 paces per minute, but the pace in this scene appears to upwards of 140 paces or so. Also marching at that pace using the traditional British style of swinging each arm to shoulder height (which is the Canadian custom), is very difficult and awkward looking. It is highly unlikely to have been done at that speed in the Canadian Army, either then or today.
The copyright date in the opening credits is MCMXLVIII, which would be 1948, not 1968, when the film was actually produced.
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