During the closing days of WWII, a National Guard Infantry Company is assigned the task of setting up artillery observation posts in a strategic area. Lieutenant Costa knows that Cooney is in command only because of ‘connections’ he had made state-side. Costa has serious doubts concerning Cooneys’ ability to lead the group. When Cooney sends Costa and his men out, and refuses to re-enforce them, Costa swears revenge. —IMDb
Robert Burgess Aldrich was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Lora Lawson and newspaper publisher Edward B. Aldrich. He was a grandson of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich and a cousin to Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller. He was educated at the Moses Brown School, Providence, Rhode Island, and studied economics at the University of Virginia. In 1941, he left university for a minor job at the RKO Radio Pictures, thus beginning his career as a cinéaste.
He quickly rose in film production as an assistant director, he worked with Jean Renoir, Abraham Polonsky, Joseph Losey and Charlie Chaplin, working with the latter as an assistant on Limelight. He became a television director in the 1950s, directing his first feature film, The Big Leaguer, in 1953. In that time, Aldrich was the rare American example of the auteur film maker, depicting his liberal humanist thematic vision in many genres, in films such as Kiss Me Deadly (1955), today a film noir classic, The Big Knife (1955), a cinematic… read more
Grandioso film bellico vecchio stampo, dove la guerra vera e propria non si consumava sul campo di battaglia ma nelle tensioni intestine fra gli ufficiali della medesima Compagnia.Film asciutto,potente, tragico nei suoi momenti clou e che soprattutto ispira un forte senso di responsabilità.Gli ultimi venti minuti sono davvero toccanti.Un Aldrich molto ispirato ed un Jack Palance davvero superbo.4*
A lurid Southern chamber drama with Germans shooting out of every corner. Lee Marvin and Eddie Albert act out a disfunctional relationship of the Bette Davis-Joan Crawford variety while everyone else watches in helpless disbelief and dies tragically. This is a story of how sweet Charlotte went to war and got everyone killed.
Classic war film told with visual panache and psychological depth. Iconic performances from Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, and a cast of great characters actors flesh out this morally complex story of heroism and cowardice. A sharp script and expressionistic lighting accentuate exciting action scenes and even more intense claustrophobic suspense scenes.