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  • Actors: Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith, Phillip Pine, Nehemiah Persoff
  • Directors: Anthony Mann
  • Producers: Men in War
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 100.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L2IFTE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,584 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), German ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Anthony Mann, best known for his intelligent Westerns and hard-boiled crime films, directed this unflinching look at the realities of war set against the backdrop of the Korean conflict. Lt. Mark Benson (Robert Ryan) is the leader of a platoon that has just been given orders to advance to Hill 465, where they are to join awaiting troops and advance on the territory. While Benson and his men are weary, they have little choice but to comply. Needing a transport for their weapons, Benson and his men commandeer a truck, only to discover that it's not empty -- Sgt. "Montana" Williamette (Aldo Ray) has been ordered to escort a colonel (Robert Keith) suffering from extreme battle fatigue to a field hospital for examination and treatment. While Benson's loyalty is to his troops and his mission, Montana refuses to turn over the truck; the colonel is one of the only men he's been able to rely on during his stretch in the Army, and he is determined to stand by him in his time of need. Either way, the men find themselves frequently confronted by danger, and their numbers are decimated when they're ambushed by enemy troops. The supporting cast includes L.Q. Jones, Nehemiah Persoff, and Vic Morrow, who five years later would confront the dark side of war on a weekly basis as star of the TV series Combat. ...Men in War

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shane Hyde on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
Men in War is yet another example of a great America film that is currently unavailable on DVD in the UK. And up until today there was not a review for the film either. It's sad times when such a film gets neglected.

Director Anthony Mann is known mainly for a series of psychological westerns - Man of the West, The Naked Spur, The Man from Laramie. Yet he was just as capable of applying the same understanding and sensitivity of the man of action to other genres, such as El Cid and this forgotten war film from 1957. The film chronicles 24 hours - from one dawn through to the next - in the lives of a small detachment of American soldiers in the Korean war. Robert Ryan and his men are stranded behind enemy lines with a broken truck, cut-off from communication, and left with little option but to carry their ammunition and supplies to the army base a day away. With the unseen enemy all around they have little hope of surviving the journey. Before long, they encounter Aldo Ray (who played a similar character in the Naked and the Dead) driving a jeep with his shell-shocked colonel as passenger - who he is dedicated to protecting at all cost. The jeep is commandeered by Ryan to carry his outfit's supplies, and the movie then centres on the psychological struggle between these two very different men - Robert Ryan's weary, tough and humane lieutenant who wants to lead his platoon to safety, and Aldo Ray's cynical sergeant who believes the end justify the means, that violence must be total, and whose instincts about the North Korean enemy prove repeatedly to be right, to the frustration of Ryan.

Anthony Mann was one of the greatest directors of action, maybe only Mizoguchi could show violence or the threat of violence with such restraint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2014
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Anthony Mann was certainly much better known for his fine westerns than his war films which were as rare as hens teeth. This one made in 1957 was his first and it was followed by his second and last "The Heroes of Telemark" in 1965. This modest production clearly had a much smaller budget than that better known film. But big of course does not always mean better! Mann's film oeuvre is mostly well known to film buffs, but this one seems to have slipped under the radar. In a year that included Kubrick's masterpiece "Paths of Glory" and Lean's memorable "Bridge Over the River Kwai", it is little wonder. A pity because this is not a bad film.

Filmed in stark black and white this film is set in the Korean war. The talented Robert Ryan, who Mann used to great effect in "The Naked Spur", plays Lieutenant Benson a platoon commander whose men are cut off behind enemy lines. He attempts to lead them back to safety through the mostly unseen enemy. Not only does he fight with the North Koreans but he also has a battle on his hands with Sergeant `Montana' played by Aldo Ray. The publicity blurb screamed out "One more step and I'll fill your guts with lead". This is not aimed at the Korean enemy and is an indicator that all is not exactly well between the two men.

Mann uses the western skills he developed over the years to good effect in this film. The sioldiers cut off behind enemy lines could just as easily be the Cavalry stuck deep in Indian country. It's all the same really! After the understandably jingoistic and patriotic films made during the Second World War, films started to toughen up a lot. As the fifties ground on it culminated in Robert Aldrich's "Attack"(56), which took gritty realism in war films to new levels.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Best War film of the '50s? 21 Sept. 2000
By TUCO H. - Published on
Format: DVD
Anthony Mann's "Men in War," along with Sam Fuller's "Steel Helmet," is the most realistic, tough-as-nails war film made in the '50s.
This is ANTYTHING BUT your standard Hollywood treatment. "Men in War," along with Mann's famous Westerns is a demonstration model of the 'vulgar subtlety' with which Mann subverts Hollywood convention to craft a masterpiece.
And what can you say about Robert Ryan? Easily one of the greatest actors of all time, and one of the coolest. Ryan OWNS this film like he owned Ophuls' Noir film "Caught," (even outshining James Mason in that one) and Aldo Ray steps up to Ryan's challenge with a truly phenomenal performance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
A Stark, Unflinching War Drama 7 Aug. 2000
By mackjay - Published on
Format: DVD
"Men in War" makes one wish Anthony Mann had directed more war films. This is an excellent, character-driven story. It is a prime example of the mature, unflinching kind of war film that began to appear after the Korean conflict. Undeservedly neglected, this picture ranks with Lewis Milestone's "Pork Chop Hill" and Robert Aldrich's "Attack". And it is the progenitor of "Platoon" and "The Thin Red Line". with their complex characters and situations.
Every actor seems to give his best, with exceptional moments from Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray and Robert Keith, as a shell-shocked Colonel. And it is always good to see the admirable Pine, Morrow, Persoff and Edwards. The film has a stark, yet pleasing black & white look which is appropriate for the bare bones conflicts the story sets forth. Moreover, "Men in War" features a very fine score by Elmer Bernstein, utilizing an authentic Korean folk song.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
"Sick?!? In this war you're either healthy or dead." 16 Dec. 2005
By Dave - Published on
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Korea. September 6, 1950. Lt. Benson (Robert Ryan) has one objective: to get what's left of his platoon out of this bloody mess alive. The rest of the army has retreated and Benson's platoon is now cut off from communication and surrounded by an unseen enemy that lurks in the trees and bushes. Benson keeps on trying to reach HQ by radio, but they get no answer. Because HQ no longer exist. Battalion doesn't exist. Regiment doesn't exist. Division doesn't exist. The USA doesn't exist. The only thing that's real to these doomed men is the hellish situation they're faced with. They know that they really don't have a chance of surviving, but they refuse to give up hope.

Their truck is busted, so they have to carry their own ammunition and supplies on their backs. But out of nowhere a U.S. jeep appears with two soldiers, one a shell-shocked colonel (Robert Keith), and the other a sergeant (Aldo Ray) who's dedicated to protecting his beloved colonel at all costs. Benson commandeers the jeep by force and uses it to haul the platoon's ammo, and the colonel and sergeant come along "for the ride." It isn't long before Benson realizes that the sergeant is an experienced combat veteran who seems to know all the tricks of the clever North Korean enemy, so he uses the sergeant to help him get his men back to American lines.

But when they come to their destination (after losing a few men to snipers, artillery, and landmines), Hill 465, they discover that it's no longer occupied by U.S. forces. Instead, the North Koreans are well entrenched and have several bunkers with multiple machine-guns. At this point, Benson has just 12 men left, and the only way to reach the American lines is to go straight through the entrenched Koreans. So he orders a suicidal frontal assault and throws everything he's got at the hill. Even the colonel and sergeant join in the assault, as it quickly becomes obvious that the only way they'll make it out alive is to work together to blow up the enemy bunkers.

1957`s "Men in War" was directed by Anthony Mann, a legendary director who could do wonders with a low budget. Already a master at film noir and psychological westerns, he also proved to be quite gifted at making a war movie. "Men in War" is very grim and has strong noir overtones. In fact, the Film Noir Bible ranks it as #55 in it's list of the most significant noir films of all time. The only thing I'd change is the ridiculous song that's played at the end, but otherwise this is a near-flawless classic, with great performances from Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray. Recently released at a bargain price from Geneon Entertainment, the picture quality is superb. The audio has some background noise in some places but is mostly excellent. Unfortunately, there are no bonus features, not even scene selection. There isn't even a menu. Still, at this low price I can't complain much. If you enjoy war movies then you'll definitely want to add this gem to your collection.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Men in War - Cult War Classic and Psycho-Drama 9 Mar. 2001
By Jack Smith - Published on
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"Men in War" may just be the best pschological study of combat ever made and should be considered a cult classic (and probably is) even if it is a cult of one. Anyone who claims this is a "Standard war film set in Korea" might also claim "The God Father" was a standard gangster movie or "The Wizard of OZ" was a standard children's flick. "Men in War" is a concise, classic study of combat that just happens to be set in the Korean War. Anthony Mann's direction impacts every aspect of humanity subjected to sustained combat. Amid the horror we see from the all-but-doomed patrol kindness, depravity, valor, self-interest, despair, hope, and, finally, relief without joy. In short we see how desperation exponentializes human emotion. The unusual camera angles give it a Film Noir "look" that highlights the conflicts and tragedies played out by the forlorn platoon. Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray are the perfect dueling co-protagonists who show that our toughest fights are not always with the ones defined as the enemy. The movie is all very real, all real personal, and all very difficult to watch sometimes because of the graphic truths, not the least of which is the insight into the final thoughts of several doomed souls. There is no going back with this film. Once you watch it you are hooked. It would be best for some esteemed critics to actually watch it once before reviewing it.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Men in War 4 Mar. 2000
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This has to be one of the most underrated war flicks of all time. Next to Pork Chop Hill with Gregory Peck, this is the best Korean War film I've seen. Robert Ryan was the perfect cast as the war weary Lieutenant trying to lead his platoon back to battalion HQ. Those who rate this movie average must be fans of Rat Patrol. This movie is a must see.
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