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104 Ratings

The Young Lions

Directed by Edward Dmytryk
United States, 1958
Drama, Action, War


The destiny of three soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian Diestl approves less and less of the war. Jewish-American Noah Ackerman deals with anti-Semitism at home and in the army while entertainer Michael Whiteacre transforms from playboy to hero.

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The Young Lions Directed by Edward Dmytryk

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1959 | 3 nominations including: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

BAFTA Awards

1959 | 2 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

Directors Guild of America

1959 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Golden Globes (USA)

1959 | Nominee: Best Film Promoting International Understanding

Critics reviews

When Irwin Shaw’s 1948 novel because a best seller, Hemingway dismissed its author as “the Brooklyn Tolstoy.” But in Edward Dmytryk’s truncated, sanitized 1958 movie of this Nazi-era War and Peace, Shaw’s story about three soldiers—a somber American Jew, a cynical Broad way pro, and a decent German—provides a fascinating showcase for Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin, and Marlon Brando, respectively.
July 01, 2015
People should talk more about Brando’s performance here – not just a question of playing a ‘sympathetic Nazi’ but unusually grave and diffident, with an elegantly guarded quality that recalls James Mason (who himself played a sympathetic Nazi, in THE DESERT FOX); when he argues for the Nazis in his first, pre-war scene – opining that they stand for something hopeful in Germany – against a properly indignant American girl, it’s the American girl who comes off looking shrill.
October 23, 2013
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