The Victors

The Victors

Carl Foreman (1963)

146min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
After writing The Bridge on the River Kwai and writing/producing The Guns of Navarone, Carl Foreman was ready to make his big statement as a director. The result is this, one of the most ambitious war movies ever made, designed to show how war degrades people on all sides. A shot of victors and vanquished - both exhausted and looking like vagrants - rams home the point. Subtlety was never on Foreman's agenda and three hours of episodic hectoring and ironic twists of fate do get a bit wearisome. However, there are some stunning sequences such as a firing squad in the snow with Frank Sinatra's Have Yourself a Merry Christmas on the soundtrack.

Summary

A series of interlocking tales charting the advance of a US infantry across Europe. Initially based in Sicily, the soldiers are soon sent into battle in occupied France, moving into Germany as the Second World War comes to an end. Along the way, a member of the unit is tempted to desert by a woman who wants him to join her in the black market. Drama, starring George Peppard, Albert Finney, George Hamilton, Jeanne Moreau and Eli Wallach.

Cast & Crew

Cpl Chase George Peppard
Russian soldier Albert Finney
Cpl Trower George Hamilton
Sgt Craig Eli Wallach
Frenchwoman Jeanne Moreau
Regine Romy Schneider
Magda Melina Mercouri
Baker Vince Edwards
Maria Rosanna Schiaffino
Weaver Peter Fonda
Eldridge Michael Callan
Sikh soldier Tutte Lemkow
Grogan James Mitchum
Director Carl Foreman
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Other Information

Language: English / GermanBlack and white
Drama