A Walk in the Sun (1945)
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as Sgt. Bill Tyne
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as Sgt. Ward
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as Sgt. Hoskins
as Cpl. Kramer
as Sgt. Halverson
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Critic Reviews for A Walk in the Sun
...a quiet mood piece, lyrical and elegiac, more than it is an action adventure. As such, it works wonderfully well.
Gritty, realistic WWII yarn with strong cast directed by Lewis Milestone.
Audience Reviews for A Walk in the Sun
This is one of the best and most interesting WWII movies ever made. I had not seen it since I was a teenager in the early 1960s, yet the title has staid with me ever since. The juxtaposition of killing and dying with the simple title works better than the Audy Murphy "To Hell and Back" autobiographical film. The mix-ups (getting separated on landing on the beach), the human frailties (the sergeant having a nervous breakdown after having to take command), the tough-talking New York cabbie-machine gunner who did not qualify as a machine gunner but bribed someone to land the job, John Ireland's character writing a letter in his head to his sister back home, . . . you feel as though you know/knew these people and were there with them in Italy 65 years ago. I had forgotten that the film was directed by Lewis Milestone, who also directed the 1930 film version of "All Quiet on the Western Front." The only flaw that I noticed this time is a slight one. The pacing of the film is intentionally slow, leading up to the violent combat at the end. However, in achieving this cinematic effect, Milestone seemingly has some events take place over a much longer period of time that they would have in "real life" (e.g., the landing craft seem to take forever to reach shore). All in all, this is a terrific movie. I own very few movies; I'm glad I own this one. 3 Stars 1-15-13
Respected director Lewis Milestone struggles to achieve the sound of fury as in Western Front.Well,there's exclamation alright and noisy distraction but where has all this aesthetic poetry gone?A minor triumph in spite of the many introverted sequences and non-linear battles.
I don't want a purple heart in the head.
A group of American troops are sent into Italy on a mission to blow up a bridge. They often don't know their relevance, the goal of their mission, or why they are where they are in life; but as they march across the country, they discuss their ambitions and beliefs. The troops do catch themselves in vicious shootouts that try their inner strengths; but they work together, as brothers, to justify their existence and resilience.
"When a shell is looking for a guy, it doesn't whine, it snarls."
Lewis Milestone, director of Pork Chop Hill, Mutiny on the Bounty, Ocean's Eleven (1960), Les Miserables (1952), Of Mice and Men, and All Quiet on the Western Front, delivers A Walk in the Sun. The storyline for this picture is amazingly well written and the characters are compelling with perfect dialogue and interactions. The cast delivers wonderful performances and includes Dana Andrews, John Ireland, Lloyd Bridges, Sterling Holloway, and Norman Lloyd.
"I don't know what this platoon would do without me."
"Win the loving war."
I grabbed this movie while flicking through the channels after seeing the cast and storyline. I enjoyed the interactions between characters and the dialogue. The character development and overall premise was perfect. I strongly recommend seeing this underrated gem.
"There's three ways to do it: the right way, the wrong way, and the army way."
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