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  • Actors: Harry Andrews, Anthony Bushell, Stanley Baker, Anton Diffring, Carl Duering
  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Producers: The Red Beret ( Paratrooper ) ( Para trooper ), The Red Beret, Paratrooper, Para trooper
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 88.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0064INY64
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,555 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Italy released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Alan Ladd is the focus of this story based on the wartime raid on the German radar station at Bruneval. The raid was a combined services operation and the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Parachute Brigade was led by Major 'John Frost' (Major Snow). An RAF radar expert, Flight Sergeant C.W.H. Cox (Sergeant Box) accompanied the raiders to tell them what to take back to England. ...The Red Beret ( Paratrooper ) ( Para trooper )

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Alan Ladd is a Canadian volunteer (though later revealed to be an American), in the British army. He is taciturn and clearly harbouring something. This is the army after Dunkirk; rebuilding and creating something new - in this case, the Parachute Regiment. Leo Genn is the anchor to it all, as the lieutenant colonel. Harry Andrews blusters his way as the splendidly festooned Scottish regimental sergeant major (the apex of non-commissioned officers in the army). There is psychology in this film; the colonel's attempt to understand the motives behind the mysterious volunteer. The first action-based parachute drop into northern France is spectacular, in a realistic way. The false element is when the colonel and occasionally others, `pull the pin' from their hand grenades with their teeth. It's impossible, certainly with normal teeth! Love blossoms. The psychological question is answered in the closing action, in North Africa. This is a thoughtful film in which a man's demons are slowly put to rest. It is also an early product of Cubby Broccoli and Terence Young, who were to collaborate later on some of the early Bond movies. There is certainly above average camera work. It's a well-crafted film. The fact that I remember seeing it the first time as a five-year old, sneaking into the British army barracks cinema in Bielefeld, is another matter entirely.

Ian Hunter.
Author of The Early Years
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Only the British could make a movie like this. True to the spirit of the book on which it is based.
Alan Ladd is a favorite of mine and this is a typical first class performance by him.
I saw this movie several times in the late 50s and early 60s and just loved it but it got lost in my memory over the years until I found it on DVD recently.
The picture, colour and sound are top quality and I have enjoyed adding this great movie to my collection.
I strongly recommend it to all Alan Ladd fans and to all who enjoy a good old war movie.
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The Red Beret (AKA Paratrooper) is directed by Terence Young and stars Alan Ladd & Leo Genn. It is based on the book of the same name written by Hilary Saint George Saunders.

"This story tells of one small part of the war. The story of those men who joined the parachute regiment--Men from many different countries and creeds, who were to find themselves one day in a parachute training establishment." "Only in the telling and in the spirit of these men themselves do history and fiction meet--even if we dare not show in this film what some of these men did in fact and in real life achieve. For nobody would ever believe it."

Somewhere in England. The year 1940 after Dunkirk.

A rather popular film at the Worldwide box office on release, this in spite of some British complaints about American actor Ladd playing the lead in a British war story, The Red Beret is serviceable as an action character piece. The story is in effect a play on real war hero John Frost, who is here played by Genn as Major Snow (Frost was portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in A Bridge Too Far). With this in mind it's obvious that Ladd, who does OK in his role of the reluctant leader, is purely there for American audience enticement. However, the makers do a good enough job of not letting Ladd's part in the film be the sole point of reference and detract from the real heroes from which the core of the film is based. There's some poor technical aspects to put up with, such as major superimposed sequences that stick out like a sore thumb, but these are off set a touch by the well constructed battle scenes.

If in an undemanding war film mood this just about leaves a favourable impression. 6/10
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How anyone can say Mr LAdd does 'OK' is beyond me. He is magnificent and the film would be nothing without him. He along with a strong cast transform it into a masterpiece. This DVD is In colour btw not B&W and picture , sound first class. MR Ladd's second best performance after Shane. One of the best, most intelligent war films ever made. (Thank goodness Mr Baker only had a small role though).
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The background to the story is the formation of the famous Parachute Regiment early in WW2 and is taken from book "The Red Beret" by Hilary St. George Saunders published in 1950. The lead role originally intended for Richard Todd who turned it down because he considered it too far-fetched. The script was then rewritten to accommodate Alan Ladd who had just signed a three-picture deal in England with Warwick Film Productions. The three films being THE RED BERET (1953), HELL BELOW ZERO (1954) and THE BLACK KNIGHT (1954) all released through Columbia Pictures.

There was some criticism at the time in Britain having an American in the leading role, but remember Ladd was massively popular here in those days and we shouldn't forget his mother was English having been born and raised in Chester; so at least he could claim to be half English, just as Winston Churchill could be said to be half American!

A mystery American with a past Steve MacKendrick (Alan Ladd), nicknamed "Canada" because that is where he claims he is from, volunteers for the British Army's paratroopers school where they are put through a rigorous training regime overseen by Regimental Sergeant Major Cameron (Harry Andrews). There first operation was an attack on a German radar installation on the cliff top in Northern France to capture vital equipment followed by a rescue from the sea shore by the Royal Navy!

Back at base Steve visits a wounded comrade in hospital. MacKendrick is recognised by a visiting American airman. During the following weekend he "spills the beans" about his past to his girl friend Penny Gardner (Susan Stephen).
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