Take the High Ground (1953)

Take the High Ground


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"You guys will never be soldiers!" With these words, Richard Widmark opens and closes Take the High Ground. Widmark plays tough drill sergeant Thorne Ryan, whipping his recruits through basic training in preparation for shipment to Korea. Merton Tolliver (Carleton Carpenter) is the standard-issue private who just can't seem to cut it, despite Ryan's (Widmark) relentless special attention. To prove that the behemoth sergeant has a tender side, the script contrives a romantic triangle involving … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Millard Kaufman


as Sgt. Thorne Ryan

as Sgt. Laverne Holt

as Paul Jamison

as Julie Mollison

as Merton Tolliver

as Lobo Naglaski

as Elvin Carey

as Daniel Hazard

as Donald Q. Dover IV

as Franklin D. No Bear

as Sgt. Vince Opperman

as Chaplain
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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The fun is in seeing the changes in the genre over the years and how army life was depicted in a bygone era.

Full Review… | August 20, 2008
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Standard boys to men saga with a bit of tortured romance thrown in made far better than it should be by Richard Widmark.

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