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A Walk in the Sun

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1945
  • Lewis Milestone
  • 116 mins
  • PG

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 contemplating the dangers of being a front-line soldier and their fear of death.

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Review

A star rating of 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

Languages
English | Italian
Guidance
Some violence
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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