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but it is the human factor that sets it aside as a truly great movie. It oozes cynicism
on 9 January 2017
This is a much-overlooked film that I have seen several times, and it never fails to impress, particularly knowing its vintage. It may not be Private Ryan, but it is probably nearly as true to life. The acting is overall superb, but it is the human factor that sets it aside as a truly great movie. It oozes cynicism, as well as compassion - facial expressions tell an entire story and the small details of dialogue and events show the futility of this situation as the war comes to a close, as does the attitude of the Germans, both civilian and soldier, "innocent" Nazi-hating inn-keeper or terrified refugee, is extremely telling. The combat scenes smack of realism as do the authentic trucks, tanks and aircraft (check out the Mitchell bombers and the P-51s riding shotgun). This is a truly great war movie, make no mistake.