All the Young Men (1960)

All the Young Men (1960)





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Written and directed by Hall Bartlett, this is an early Sidney Poitier vehicle in which a small marine squadron is fighting against-all-odds in a battle with the Chinese in the Korean War. First, though, they have to come to grips with their own internal battles, which erupt because their new commander is black. Somewhat hackneyed story line, but still a powerful message of men uniting against a common enemy despite their own prejudices and shortcomings.
Classics , Drama
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Sidney Poitier
as Sgt. Eddie Towler
Alan Ladd
as Sgt. Kincaid
Ingemar Johansson
as Pvt. Torgil
James Darren
as Pvt. Cotton
Mort Sahl
as Crane
Paul Richards
as Bracken
Joe Gallison
as Jackson
Paul Baxley
as Lazitech
Charles Quinlivan
as Lieutenant
Mario Alcalde
as Hunter
Marie Tsien
as Korean Woman
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Audience Reviews for All the Young Men

Above average war flick set in Korean War. Up and coming Sidney Poitier is told against his wishes to lead a group of young white soldiers while a more experienced Alan Ladd is stuck assisting him. Slow paced but realistic high drama. Black and white and not just the movie. The platoon wrestles with Sidney leading them fired on by a southern soldier who wants nothing to do with a black leader. Excellent portrayal of the sixties and the turbulent era of civil rights but don't let that stop you. Good movie and more drama than killing or blowing things up. Interesting cast of B actors including boxing champ Ingemar Johansson and comedian Mort Saul who gives a stand up 5 minute monologue of humor, odd to hear in a movie of any kind. Popular teen singer James Darren also stars. Cast Alan Ladd as Private Kincaid Sidney Poitier Sergeant Eddie Towler James Darren as Private Cotton Glenn Corbett as Hospital Corpsman Wade Mort Sahl as Corporal Crane Ana María Lynch as Maya Paul Richards as Private Bracken Richard Davalos as Private Casey Lee Kinsolving as Private Dean Joseph Gallison as Private Jackson Ingemar Johansson as Private Torgil For more interesting background see this link:

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monsieur rick

Decent war film dealing with the desegregation of the US Marines during the Korean War that is watchable, thanks to its good cast, but never truly reaches the heights of excellence to be considered a classic. Poitier plays a black sergeant who is forced to take command of a mostly white platoon when their commanding officer is killed in action. The cast is good, and there are some effective scenes, but it lacks something in the script or direction that holds it back slightly. Still if your looking for an old Hollywood war film, you could do worse.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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