Men in War

1957

Action / Drama / War

42
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 1954

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Vic Morrow as Cpl. Zwickley
L.Q. Jones as Sgt. Davis
Aldo Ray as Montana
Robert Ryan as Lt. Benson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by evanston_dad 8 / 10

Men Trying to Survive

A muscular, no nonsense combat movie set during the Korean War.

Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray play two officers who engage in a pissing contest during an attempt to lead a platoon of soldiers through enemy terrain to safety. Both actors are terrific, as are the ones who make up the supporting cast, and the film has an authentic and unapologetic look and feel to it that help it to stand out from the other histrionic war movies of the period that focus on highlighting heroism and bravery. This one is about guys who are just trying to survive, and who are going to be scarred one way or another by their experience, whether those scars are physical or emotional.

"Men in War" is a really good film, and it has the added distinction of being about the Korean War, a conflict that American cinema hasn't examined nearly as much as others.

Grade: A

Reviewed by Thomas Clement (Mr. OpEd) 1 / 10

Got about 36 minutes in...

Big Anthony Mann fan, but this stinks. None of the soldiers from officers to noncoms to foot soldiers act in a believable way, especially the arguing between ranks. After the flowers in the helmet sequence, I just had to roll my eyes and give up. Frankly, it started pretty good, but got tedious and unbelievable. Even Elmer Bernstein seems lost.

Reviewed by secondtake 8 / 10

Understated, realistic, rather stunning in its restraint

Men in War (1957)

Take a small group of survivors in a hardscrabble part of Korea during that neglected war and watch them squabble and worry and scramble to stay alive.

This is an admired war movie for the simple reason that it is shorn of romanticism or heroism. Not that there aren't heroic acts, and true intelligence in expert soldiering. But the acting is vivid and honest, not pandering to our need for greatness in ordinary men. And the result is that these ordinary men are great.

Robert Ryan is the star here, and he earns his keep. A smart, stubborn, hardened officer who knows the chips are down and isn't going to give in to excess or despair. The dry, open landscape with a few trees and some distant hills is almost a symbol for the movie, plain and unadorned, nothing unnecessary. The other actors are sharply seen, as well, some desperate and losing their grip, others just scared and watching, others subtle and observant.

Anthony Mann is best known in the 1950s for his Westerns, and this isn't so far from that kind of landscape and battle to survive. His earlier film noir experience must have also taught him about storytelling and character. This is sharply seen and directed. The Pentagon hated it (because it shows a disorderly military unit, according to Wiki), and wouldn't help in the production, so the only real equipment in use here is a Jeep and some guns. And this helps in the end, since it forces the movie to focus on character and the ensemble acting.

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