- Actors: Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Charles Drake, Judith Braun, Sidney Poitier
- Directors: Budd Boetticher
- Producers: Aaron Rosenberg
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: U
- Studio: Simply Media
- DVD Release Date: 21 Jan. 2013
- Run Time: 83 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B009D50BDY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,507 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Red Ball Express [DVD]
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Budd Boetticher directs this 1950s drama following a group of military truck drivers sent on a dangerous mission in World War II Germany. With General Patton's tanks piercing the German lines at will it appears that the war is finally drawing to a close. However, such is the speed of the US advance that their foremost attacking units have lost contact with the main supply lines. A group of drivers led by Lieutenant Campbell (Jeff Chandler) and including Sergeant Kallek (Alex Nicol) and Private Partridge (Charles Drake) set out for the front lines carrying supplies. However, the enmity between Campbell and Kallek and lingering pockets of enemy troops make the mission anything but straightforward...
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Boetticher recognised the vital role that these convoys contributed to the war effort. People often forget the men behind the sharp point of the spear, but without fuel and ammunition nothing could be achieved! Jeff Chandler plays the leader of a platoon who has a history with his second in command played by Alex Nicol. There is also some racial tension between the black and white soldiers. To become an effective unit all these differences need to be quickly resolved in the furnace of war.
Most startling of all is the honest way this film deals with racial issues. Boetticher was aware that 75% of the Red Ball Express was comprised of African Americans. Although this figure is not represented fully in the film, there is a healthy contingent to give the film a genuine veracity. It was a tough dirty job deliberately given to these men who were discriminated against during the war. It is sad to note that they received more respect from Europeans than their own in those less enlightened times.Read more ›
out extends its needs , a column sets out to refue/resupplyl the us army
all good stuff
black troops were normally used by the us/navy army to carry out tasks
far more hazardous for non combat troops . there were several mutinys by american
coloured troops over this policy segregation in the american army was rife at the time
and this film trys to put the facts in place,, also the american general at the start of the film
is supposed to be patton not sure why they didnt use his name
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful film....Well worth sourcing and buying and watching....Absolutely Super Duper ....Published 4 months ago by douglas vick