The Red Beret ( Paratrooper ) ( Para trooper )
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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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Author of The Early Years
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.
"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
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).Read more ›
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a ex american paratroper joins the english patroops and go to france to get attack a german radar station if the story was like that i don't know but what I know is this was really... Read morePublished 3 months ago by De Vliegher Emiel
i got this film for my mom and dad they said it was not as good as they thought it would be they like action movies and said that there was not enough action compared to other... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was there when it was shot and I am very pleased to have the DVD>Published 5 months ago by P. D. Manners
At the premier in Britain representatives of the Parachute Regiment walked out in disgust. Total nonsense. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Deneb