Battleground

Battleground

Van Johnson
Director: William Wellman Cast: Van Johnson
Van Johnson
, John Hodiak
John Hodiak
, Ricardo Montalban
Ricardo Montalban
William Wellman

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Overview

Incoming MGM production head Dore Schary ramrodded Battleground into the studio's schedule over the virulent protests of MGM boss Louis Mayer. The result was an award-winning box-office hit, as well as the beginning of the end of Mayer's power. This dramatization of the battles of Bastogne and the Bulge in the waning days of World War II concentrates on a single infantry unit. Van Johnson and John Hodiak are the ostensible stars, but the film is stolen by James Whitmore as the cigar-chomping, battle-stained sergeant. Also appearing is Ian MacDonald as General McAuliffe, whose legendary response to the Nazi's suggestion that the Americans surrender consisted of a single four-letter expletive: "Nuts." Whitmore's final scenes of near-delirium before the relief troops arrive are unforgettable. Battleground tries within MGM limits to be wholly realistic, though it is slightly compromised by the scripters' inability to use Army profanity, and by pointless subplot involving actress Denise Darcel. The film doesn't hold up as well as such wartime efforts as The Story of GI Joe or Walk in the Sun, but in 1949 Battleground was regarded as an important milestone in the field of truthful, de-glamorized combat flicks. Please avoid the colorized version: this is a black-and-white subject if ever there was one.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
UPC: 0012569675216
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 6,148

Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage cartoon Little Rural Riding Hood ; Vintage featurette Let's Cogitate; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Van Johnson Holley
John Hodiak Jarvess
Ricardo Montalban Roderigues
George Murphy Ernest "Pop" Stazak
Marshall Thompson Jim Layton
James Whitmore Kinnie
Leon Ames The Chaplain
Jerome Courtland Abner Spudler
Don Taylor Standiferd
Bruce Cowling Wolowicz
Douglas Fowley Kipp Kippton
Thomas E. Breen Doc
Denise Darcel Denise
Richard Jaeckel Bettis
Scotty Beckett William J. Hooper
Brett King Lt. Teiss
101st Airborne Actor
Screaming Eagles Actor
Herbert Anderson Hansan
Edmon Ryan Major
James Arness Garby
Michael Brown Levenstein
Ian MacDonald Gen. McAuliffe
Roland Varno German Lieutenant

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Peter Ballbusch Special Effects
Jack Dawn Makeup
John D. Dunning Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Lennie Hayton Score Composer
Hans Peters Art Director
Robert Pirosh Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Dore Schary Producer
Alfred E. Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits and Dedication [2:06]
2. The Drill [4:21]
3. Tent Talk [5:31]
4. Secret Move [4:38]
5. Bastogne [3:08]
6. Good Night, Soldier [5:25]
7. Strategic Withdrawls [3:00]
8. Diggin In [5:42]
9. Shared Eggs [4:15]
10. Sad News [4:29]
11. Incoming Mail [4:40]
12. What's the Password? [2:35]
13. Pitching Snowballs [3:05]
14. Enemy in Their Midst [4:18]
15. Passing of the Helmet [4:04]
16. Returning for Rodriguez [3:49]
17. Against the Rules [:11]
18. By the Embankment [4:44]
19. Under Attack [4:07]
20. Surprising the Enemy [4:22]
21. Wanting to Remember [2:59]
22. Answer: "Nuts." [4:50]
23. Christmas Card [6:01]
24. Was This Trip Necessary? [2:56]
25. Bombing Bastogne [3:38]
26. Sunlight and Supplies [4:47]
27. About Face [7:16]
28. Drill to the Rear [4:30]
29. Cast List [1:35]

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