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.
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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.
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*