Bitter Victory (1957)

Bitter Victory




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In Nicholas Ray's WWII drama, two British officers, Captain Leith (Richard Burton) and Major Brand (German character actor Curd Jürgens, who would later play Bond foe Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me), a South African, are being considered to lead a daring raid to steal crucial documents from a Nazi stronghold in Libya. The two don't seem particularly fond of each other. Brand's wife, Jane (Ruth Roman of Strangers on a Train), arrives on the base. There's an odd awkwardness when Brand … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Gallico, René Hardy, Vladimir Pozner, Gavin Lambert, Nicholas Ray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Capt. Leith

as Maj. Brand

as Jane Brand

as Gen. Paterson

as Lt. Col. Callander

as Sgt. Barney

as Lt. Barton

as Lt. Sanders

as Pvt. Wilkins

as Pvt. Berowing

as Pvt. Spicer

as Pvt. Anderson

as Sgt. Dunnigan

as Col. Lutze

as Pvt. Roberts

as Lt. Kassel
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Critic Reviews for Bitter Victory

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Nicholas Ray's direction of black-and-white CinemaScope, that freak child of the 50s, is consistently brilliant in this raw, confused masterpiece.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Contemplating the dangerous games men play with macho self-images, this survives as one of Ray's greatest works.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fine thesping by Richard Burton leads a series of top performances by other members of large cast.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

The title tells all.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

The film's military detail is in most respects quite ludicrous.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Bitter Victory


one of ray's more neglected films, it's a stunning black and white widescreen character study of the intense struggle between two british officers on a hopeless mission in the libyan desert. i somehow never realized before that richard burton was hot at one point in time

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Stark drama of principles in wartime. Excellent performances from the three leads. Ruth Roman's part is small but integral to the plot and she makes the most of it.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Burton is strong as is Ray's direction, but this story just falls flat

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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