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Home of the Brave (1949)

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Arthur Laurents' play Home of the Brave concerned a paralyzed Jewish war veteran who begins to walk again only when he confronts his fear of forever being an "outsider." The film version of the Laurents play changes the protagonist into an African-American, played by James Edwards. The soldier's comrades include his lifelong white friend Lloyd Bridges, whose death leaves Edwards racked with guilt; redneck-bigot corporal Steve Brodie; and troubled sergeant Frank Lovejoy. In the film's crucial scene, the doctor Jeff Corey forces Edwards to overcome his paralysis by yelling a racial slur; from this point on, Edwards will never again kowtow to prejudice. As corny and condescending as it may sound, Home of the Brave is one of the few films produced during the late-1940s "tolerance" cycle that plays as well today as it did when first released. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

James Edwards
as Private Peter Moss
Steve Brodie
as T.J. Everett
Frank Lovejoy
as Sergeant Mingo
Douglas Dick
as Maj. Robinson
Jeff Corey
as Doctor
Cliff Clark
as Colonel
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Critic Reviews for Home of the Brave

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Well produced and intelligently directed by Mark Robson.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though the drama has its moments of power, the treatment of its subject now seems cautious and dated.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

For all its predictability .. an honourable and well intentioned effort to explore the trauma of war vets coming home from the hell of Iraq to the different kind of hell of suburban Spokane

May 15, 2008 | Full Review…

Edwards gives a sensitive performance, and Mark Robson's direction never condescends or makes him an object of bleeding-heart pity.

November 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Not without some hard-hitting moments.

May 18, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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