MEN IN WAR is a 1957 war film about the
Some sources claim that credited screenwriter Philip Yordan was actually fronting for the blacklisted Ben Maddow . The Pentagon refused any cooperation with the producer and condemned the film for its depicition of a US Army unit without discipline.
Most of the same cast and crew made God\'s Little Acre the following year.
* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production * 4 Notes * 5 External links
On 6 September 1950, an isolated and exhausted platoon of the 24th
Infantry Division is cut off. In addition to losing radio contact, the
platoon is harassed by unseen North Korean infiltrators who silently
kill the Americans and take their weapons.
The patrol stops a jeep driven by Staff Sergeant "Montana" (Aldo Ray
) and shell shocked passenger "the Colonel" (Robert Keith ) from the
First Cavalry Division . The Colonel is unable to speak and is tied to
his seat. After the Battle of the
The platoon makes its way towards the hill. Montana disobeys Benson by instinctively shooting a surrendering North Korean sniper, who turns out to have a concealed weapon inside his hat. Sergeant Killian (James Edwards ) is killed while covering the rear after absentmindedly filling his helmet net with flowers. Montana takes his place and feigns fatigue, luring the infiltrators into the open, where he kills them.
The cynical Montana transforms the platoon back into a military
formation while also curing Zwickley's neurosis by slapping him
around. The platoon successfully carries on through sniper attack,
artillery barrage, and land mines during which
When they reach the hill, they find it held by the North Koreans. Montana shoots three enemy soldiers disguised as Americans after a North Korean prisoner is used as bait and killed by his own men. Benson and his men launch an attack, but Montana and the Colonel sit it out. The Colonel comes to his senses, joins the assault, and is killed. Shamed, Montana joins Benson. They use grenades and a flamethrower to destroy a pillbox and machine gun nest.
Only Benson, Montana, and Sergeant Riordan ( Phillip Pine ) survive. When American reinforcements arrive, Montana produces a container of medals that the Colonel meant to award his men. Benson calls the roll of the men in his platoon in alphabetic order (including those killed in the attack) as Montana throws the medals to the dead on the slope of the hill, while Elmer Bernstein's title song plays in the background.
Unable to get tanks and military extras from the Pentagon, both Mann and composer Bernstein concentrate on the landscape, in this case filmed at Bronson Canyon . Enemy soldiers are rarely seen, and the isolation of the platoon is strongly conveyed. Mann had previously made film noirs in the late 1940s and Westerns in the early to mid-1950s and combined elements of both in his first war film .
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