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zz07a| Battleground
ID:
1950
Comments:
Director: Dave O'Brien, Tex Avery, William A. Wellman
Screenplay:
Producer:
Cast: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 118
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound:
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  May 2005 Discs:  (DVD) [$12.98]
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Reviews:  Director William Wellman ("The Big Heat") offered up this 1949 treatment of the Battle of the Bulge, which won Oscars for best screenplay and best cinematography. The film concentrates on the camaraderie and the divisions between the troops as they ready for the big offensive. Told in a taut narrative, the men of the 101st, led by Van Johnson, wait out the winter in the Ardennes forest to confront the German army in what would be the last major offensive of World War II. The men are demoralized and trapped, with no hope of support from the Allies as they are forced to band together and defend their position. A classically assembled war drama that nevertheless manages to be both engrossing and entertaining, "Battleground" is a mainstay of the genre. "--Robert Lane"


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