Battle Cry

Battle Cry

Raoul Walsh (1955)

A Certificate


Our Score
It may seem dated today, but this impressive Warner Bros drama based on Leon Uris's semi-fictional account of his own wartime experiences still packs a terrific emotional punch in the hands of director Raoul Walsh. It is exceptionally well cast, with a key star-making role for Tab Hunter, though top-billed Van Heflin has little to do but act gritty as the leader of "Huxley's Harlots". Watch out, too, for Justus E McQueen as LQ Jones, who took his professional name from the character he portrays here. There's also a rousing Oscar-nominated score by the great Max Steiner. Only the Warner-imposed phoney ending upsets the battle plan.


American soldiers going through basic training and eagerly awaiting their first taste of battle are frustrated by a series of non-combat assignments. All this changes when they are called up to fight in a gruelling engagement in the South Pacific. Second World War drama, based on the novel by Leon Uris, starring Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Tab Hunter, Mona Freeman and Dorothy Malone.

Cast & Crew

Major Huxley Van Heflin
Andy Aldo Ray
Kathy Mona Freeman
Pat Nancy Olson
Sergeant Mac James Whitmore
General Snipes Raymond Massey
Danny Tab Hunter
Elaine Dorothy Malone
Rae Anne Francis
Ski William Campbell
Hotchkiss John Lupton
LQ Jones L Q Jones
Speedy Fess Parker
Spanish Joe Perry Lopez
Director Raoul Walsh
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Other Information

Language: English / Japanese / NavajoColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD