The Men (Battle Stripe) (1950)
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Fred Zinnemann's sensitive film on the plight of paraplegic WWII veterans features Marlon Brando in his superbly moving screen debut. He plays Lt. Bud Wilozek, one of a group of veterans recovering in the paraplegic ward of a hospital in his hometown. His former fiancée, Ellen (Theresa Wright), explains to his physician, Dr. Brock (Everett Sloane), her concern about his isolation and apparent depression since he has broken their engagment and refuses to see her. He counsels her to be patient,
Jul 20, 1950 Wide
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Howard St. John
Man at Bar
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Producer Stanley Kramer turns to the difficult cinematic subject of paraplegics, so expertly treated as to be sensitive, moving and yet, withal, entertaining and earthy-humored.
Even in his first movie, Brando's ability to transcend mediocre material is very much in evidence.
Stern in its intimations of the terrible consequences of war, this film is a haunting and affecting, as well as a rewarding, drama to have at this time.
This was Marlon Brando's film debut and, as such, set standards not only for his fellow actors but for himself.
Brando's first movie is a syrupy soap opera-like Stanley Kramer produced social conscience message movie.
Zinnemann's film one of Hollywood's first and most honest attempts to portray the physical, psychological, and sexual problems of paraplegics, splendidly acted by Brando in his feature debut.
A dated oddity that's nevertheless a must-see for anyone curious about Brando's artistic trajectory.
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