The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
as Ernie Pyle - Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
as Lt. Walker
as Sgt. Warnicki
as Pvt. Dondaro
as Pvt. Spencer
as Pvt. Murphy
as Pvt. Mew
as Cookie Henderson
as Sergeant at Showers
as Private Mew
as Cookie Henderson
Critic Reviews for The Story of G.I. Joe
A desolating masterpiece from beginning to end, like any war is. [Full review in Spanish]
It's not an anti-war movie, but something even rarer; a war-agnostic movie.
One of the most realistic and popular WWII movies made by Hollywood, for which star Robert Mitchum received his sole Oscar nomination.
Above average WWII salute to soldier's journalist Ernie Pyle; early Mitchum starring roll.
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Audience Reviews for The Story of G.I. Joe
This movie tries so very hard to be poignant that I almost feel hard-hearted/bad considering that I found the whole thing so rigorously boring. I understand that the life of a G.I. was brutal, short, and involved a lot of sitting around and waiting in a foxhole. It makes for a tough situation if you want to make a realistic film, and I believe this film made a valiant effort. In fact, I think it's probably better than I think it is considering other people's reviews of it. I just personally found the film to have too many characters to keep track of, not enough interesting plot devices, and a bland style. Wellman is a mixed bag of a director for me, but I feel he just about remade this film in much better fashion four years later with "Battleground." It's got the same style with much better characters, and a more definite plot. The best element of this film is Mitchum, but his talents can be found in much more digestible films after this one.
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) -- [7.0] -- This isn't the romanticized WWII of modern cinema, it's probably closer to the real thing. "The Story of G.I. Joe" is based on print journalist Ernie Pyle's interviews with soldiers in the field. Pyle was in the foxholes with them, and he was in it for the long haul. His newspaper column became the public's window into life on the battlefield. William Wellman's film adaptation indicates that, for the soldiers, the war wasn't about winning. It was about surviving, day by day. I love William Wellman for keeping his war movies so grounded. Burgess Meredith plays Pyle, but it's really an ensemble piece, including Robert Mitchum in a nicely understated performance. Most of the extras and some of the cast were actual soldiers, many of whom died in battle shortly after filming. Pyle also never saw the film completed. He was interviewing soldiers in Japan when he was killed by sniper machine gun fire, three months before the movie was released. In light of these facts, the movie's otherwise optimistic ending becomes unintentionally bittersweet.
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