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  • Actors: Richard Baseheart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea, Richard Hylton, Craig Hill
  • Directors: Samuel Fuller
  • Producers: Jules Buck
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDYA4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,755 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Samuel Fuller writes and directs this unsentimental portrait of life for a platoon of weary soldiers in the Korean War. With an American division of 15,000 men trapped and ammunition running low, a plan is hatched to fool the enemy into believing they are still in place while they make a hasty retreat. To do this, a small party is ordered to stand guard while the main troops leave, with a reluctant Corporal Denno (Richard Basehart) soon forced to assume command, as one by one his superior officers are killed.

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I was quite impressed by this little known 1951 black and white war movie. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

This was the fourth film turned by Samuel Fuller but only his second war film, after the famous ground breaking "Steel Helmet" he made earlier the same year. Both films action is situated during the Korean War - in both we can also see Gene Evans, who after playing the main character in "Steel Helmet" comes back here in a supporting (albeit important) role of Sergeant Rock.

The action of the film is situated during the hardest moments for allied forces engaged in Korea, immediately after the Chinese Army intervened into war. A surprise massive Chinese offensive broke through allied lines and forced Mac Arthur to order a general retreat to fall back positions further south on the peninsula.

One of the retreating divisions needs some extra time to withdraw orderly behind the river through the only bridge left, so the general in charge selects a platoon to fight a delaying action, at a narrow passage through the hills. They must hold the position until night and then they can withdraw and make a run for it, to reach the river - if the enemy doesn't exterminate or surround them before that...

Amongst the 48 riflemen from this platoon is also Corporal Denno (Richard Basehart), an experienced soldier who certainly can take an order, but simply can't give one... But the butcher bill keeps mounting, ranks keep thinning and before the day is over he may be forced to give some orders after all - and very difficult ones with that...

The strength of this film resides in two things. The first is a very realistic portraying of war as seen by the simple riflemen of a small infantry unit.
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2012
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It is difficult to argue the authenticity of a war film about the poor bloody infantry that is made by a man who served as one and saw action in Africa, Sicily, Normandy, Czechoslovakia and Belgium and was awarded the bronze star, the silver star and the purple heart along the way. And this film is rich in the lore of the infantrymans lot. Written by one of them for them. The sort of thing that Steven Spielberg without such a grounding could never make. No woman is seen in Fuller's male dominated theatre of war. Set during the Korean war whilst that conflict was still raging the film was made back to back with his other Korean war picture "The Steel Helmet". It tells the story of a platoon left behind to dupe the enemy into thinking they were a division and allow the safe retreat of the main force. Based on events that took place during that war the men take on a vastly numerically superior enemy and try to hold them against the odds, all the while suffering great privations from the bitterly cold weather.

The soldiers are an assorted bunch held together by the likes of archetypal tough veteran Sergeant Rock played by Gene Evans. A very apt name! We then have smart ass Skip Homeier who knows all the answers but who turns out to be a good Joe, a corporal played by Richard Basehart who worries himself sick about inheriting responsibility. Guess what, he inherits plenty! The film was made on one elaborate icy looking interior where Gene Evans shows a commendable fleetness of foot and none of the actors have frosty breath despite the supposed sub zero temperatures. A strange assignment for the wonderful cameraman Lucien Ballard whose greatest work was done outside. But the films strength lies in its savvy dialogue full of dogface lingo. Fuller shows his experience so often.
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Old fashioned and studio bound, but a solid and gritty war film nevertheless, giving a reasonably realistic portrayal of American soldiers in combat in the Korean War.
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A tense war drama (with the odd lighter moment). Quite enjoyed the acting and the story.
Arrived quickly, well wrapped and in good order.
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Good war film me and my son loved watching
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