1956, Drama/War, 1h 47m8 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings
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Lt. Joe Costa, Fox Co.
Capt. Erskine Cooney
Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett, CO
Sfc. Tolliver, Fox Co.
Cpl. John Jackson, Fox Co.
Critic Reviews for Attack!
The great, tough Robert Aldrich, with his harsh black-and-white, edgy frames, and stark close-ups, takes on a play by Norman Brooks... and turns it into a ferocious portrait of men under pressure, whose worst enemy is cowardice.January 28, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Jack Palance is so intense, you almost expect your own blood vessels to burst.December 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Aldrich's blunt and ferocious existentialismNovember 21, 2014 | Full Review…
Look, it's very impressive.May 13, 2014 | Full Review…
One of Robert Aldrich's best films, this dark, grim, cynical portrait of infantry warfare in 1944 Belgium is extremely well acted by Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert and the rest of the male cast.July 29, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
It seems like film noir told as a war drama.April 8, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Attack!
Feb 01, 2009Jack Palance tries to lead an infantry company in the waning days of WWII. He battles tough German resistance and an enormously incompetent commanding officer (Eddie Albert). A classic anti-war film of the 1950's that's weakened a bit by a couple of one dimensional characters. Albert's extreme cowardice is countered by Palance's uber-heroics. Their conflict is so all-consuming it makes the German army seem minor and incidental.Randy T Super Reviewer
Feb 24, 2007Jack Palance gives the performance of his career as a tough lieutenant who loses one too many men because of the cowardice of his commanding officer Eddie Albert. Robert Aldrich went on to make many testosterone fuelled XY pleasers such as The Dirty Dozen and The Longest Yard, but Attack is a far more sophisticated, character driven affair. The theme of the moral ambiguity of a doomed anti-hero seeking revenge combined with some crisp black and white photography echo the stylistic hallmarks of Film Noir set within the arena of war. It examines the flaws of the chain of command where "lions led by donkeys" lose their lives because of the incompetence or cowardice of those they are forced to obey. Eddie Albert's weak willed and obsequious captain being the main culprit, but Lee Marvin's self serving Colonel who keeps a man he knows to be worthless in place for his own political needs shows corruption in the system in much the same way as Kubrick's Paths Of Glory. William Smithers also puts in a fine performance as the honest soldier trying to do what's right but finding himself caught between a rock and a hard place and the battle sequences are gritty and believable without being tainted by the usual associated macho bullshit that often comes with the genre. Something of a forgotten classic, Attack is the best war film you've never heard of.xGary X Super Reviewer
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