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A Walk in the Sun

  • Drama
  • 1945
  • Lewis Milestone
  • 116 mins
  • A

Summary

A US Army infantry patrol joins the 1943 invasion of Italy, and a series of casualties leaves a corporal in charge of the men. They are selected for a special mission to seize a farmhouse that German forces have turned into a fortified hideout. Second World War adventure, starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte and Sterling Holloway.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Sgt TyneDana Andrews
RiveraRichard Conte
WindyJohn Ireland
FriedmanGeorge Tyne
Sgt WardLloyd Bridges
McWilliamsSterling Holloway
Sgt PorterHerbert Rudley
ArchimbeauNorman Lloyd
JudsonSteve Brodie
CarrawayHuntz Hall
NarratorBurgess Meredith

Crew

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DirectorLewis Milestone

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Some violence
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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