Bitter Victory (1957)




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In Nicholas Ray's WWII drama, two British officers, Captain Leith (Richard Burton) and Major Brand (German character actor Curd J?rgens, who would later play Bond foe Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me), a South African, are being considered to lead a daring raid to steal crucial documents from a Nazi stronghold in Libya. The two don't seem particularly fond of each other. Brand's wife, Jane (Ruth Roman of Strangers on a Train), arrives on the base. There's an odd awkwardness when Brand … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Gallico, Ren? Hardy, Vladimir Pozner, Gavin Lambert, Nicholas Ray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 9, 2005
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Richard Burton

as Capt. Leith
Curd J?rgens

as Maj. Brand
Ruth Roman

as Jane Brand
Anthony Bushell

as Gen. Paterson
Alfred Burke

as Lt. Col. Callander
Christopher Lee

as Sgt. Barney
Sean Kelly

as Lt. Barton
Ramon de Larrocha

as Lt. Sanders
Nigel Green

as Pvt. Wilkins
Harry Landis

as Pvt. Berowing
Jo Davray

as Pvt. Spicer
Sumner Williams

as Pvt. Anderson
Ronan O'Casey

as Sgt. Dunnigan
Fred Matter

as Col. Lutze
Andrew Crawford

as Pvt. Roberts
Raoul Delfosse

as Lt. Kassel
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Nicholas Ray's direction of black-and-white CinemaScope, that freak child of the 50s, is consistently brilliant in this raw, confused masterpiece.

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Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Contemplating the dangerous games men play with macho self-images, this survives as one of Ray's greatest works.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fine thesping by Richard Burton leads a series of top performances by other members of large cast.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Top Critic

The title tells all.

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Time Out
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Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Top Critic

The film's military detail is in most respects quite ludicrous.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Observer [UK]

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