Battleground

  • PG
  • William A Wellman (1949)
  • US
  • 113 min
Battleground
Film Review
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4 out of 5

This grimy and authentic-looking study of wartime close combat comes, surprisingly, from MGM, fabled home of glamour and glossy production values. The studio supplied an all-star cast, and then proceeded to make the likes of Van Johnson, George Murphy and Ricardo Montalban virtually unrecognisable in combat duds as members of a US Army infantry unit trapped during the siege of Bastogne in 1944. Writer Robert Pirosh actually served at Bastogne, and his screenplay was taken to Metro by new head of production Dore Schary and made in the face of opposition from studio boss Louis B Mayer. It won an Oscar, as did Paul C Vogel's cinematography, though director William A Wellman lost out to Joseph L Mankiewicz for A Letter to Three Wives. Even those who aren't fans of war movies might find much to appreciate in this one.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Van Johnson and John Hodiak. Towards the end of the war, a US Army infantry unit is trapped when the Germans besiege the town of Bastogne in south-east Belgium.

Cast and crew

Cast

Holley
Van Johnson
Jarvess
John Hodiak
Roderigues
Ricardo Montalban
Pop Stazak
George Murphy
Jim Layton
Marshall Thompson
Abner Spudler
Jerome Courtland
Standiferd
Don Taylor
Wolowicz
Bruce Cowling
Kinnie
James Whitmore
Kipp Kippton
Douglas Fowley

Crew

Director
William A Wellman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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