A Walk in the Sun

  • 12
  • Lewis Milestone (1945)
  • US
  • 116 min
A Walk in the Sun
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Lewis Milestone directed the classic All Quiet on the Western Front but his A Walk in the Sun is the better movie and the model for all those platoon pictures that followed, from Milestone's own Pork Chop Hill to Kubrick's first feature Fear and Desire, to Platoon itself and The Thin Red Line. The story is simple: a ragbag of foot-slogging GIs are part of the invasion force in Italy and chase the Germans north to eventual defeat. The excellent but unstarry cast means no John Wayne or Clark Gable-style heroics, but they all "talk the talk" in a way that seems completely authentic and most of the time they are just coping with boredom, exhaustion and the probability of sudden death. And because worldwide conflict was raging when the film was made, there are mercifully no overt "war is hell" messages.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Dana Andrews. The members of an Allied infantry platoon land in Italy to capture a farmhouse. Along the way, they attempt to dodge bombs raining down from German planes while thinking about the dangers of being a front-line soldier and their fear of death.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sgt Tyne
Dana Andrews
Rivera
Richard Conte
Windy
John Ireland
Friedman
George Tyne
Sgt Ward
Lloyd Bridges
McWilliams
Sterling Holloway
Sgt Porter
Herbert Rudley
Archimbeau
Norman Lloyd
Judson
Steve Brodie
Carraway
Huntz Hall
Narrator
Burgess Meredith

Crew

Director
Lewis Milestone

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Available on DVD
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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