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½ July 3, 2016
This is a Great War movie, if you like war movies this movie needs to be added to your collection. James Gardner did an outstanding job portraying Colonel Darby. It shows what the soldiers had to go through to become a ranger, and all the different types of training and skills to be a Ranger.
½ June 6, 2016
An army film that couldn't decide if it was a comedy or a drama.
April 28, 2016
There was an article in the Ark.Dem. Gazette today (4/28/16) about Gen. Darby which took me back a in the past, I remembered the movie which I fell in love with as well as James Garner. I would really love to see the movie again. Brig. Gen. Darby grew up in Fort Smith and there is a museum dedicated to him and he was never forgotten and is still being celebrated as a hero.
October 11, 2014
What should be a war movie broken up by brief romantic interludes; is a movie whose romantic scenes are broken up by combat scenes. When it is a war movie it isn't bad. But the romance is in full 1950's style. Methodical and boring. There are much better WW2 movies that were made during this time period.
May 28, 2012
WWII TALE from the year i was born
½ April 5, 2012
William Wellman plays his audience like a piano. 'Darby's Rangers' begins as a humorous mocking on militant types, melodramas and movie cliches, then halfway through the tone changes to a more serious disposition. It does it well, and never does it feel you're being blatantly manipulated. The film is about nostalgic longing, of happier times, and now the war is here, and they're in it - wandering, unsure souls seeking to get back home.
Wellman, who is mostly remembered for his Oscar-winning silent classic, 'Wings', and landmark gangster classic 'The Public Enemy', directs this war-time drama with great tenacity, with stark and searing imagery that calls to mind of Kubrick's 'Paths of Glory'.
½ March 27, 2012
William Wellman plays his audience like a piano. 'Darby's Rangers' begins as a humorous mocking on militant types, melodramas and movie cliches, then halfway through the tone changes to a more serious disposition. It does it well, and never does it feel you're being blatantly manipulated. The film is about nostalgic longing, of happier times, and now the war is here, and they're in it - wandering, unsure souls seeking to get back home.
Wellman, who is mostly remembered for his Oscar-winning silent classic, 'Wings', and landmark gangster classic 'The Public Enemy', directs this war-time drama with great tenacity, with stark and searing imagery that calls to mind of Kubrick's 'Paths of Glory'.
½ October 2, 2010
A fairly uninvolving WW2 drama about the formation of the first Rangers platoon, the American equivalent of the UKs commandos. Garner is fine, if under used in his first lead role, and the rest of the cast is reliable if uninspiring. Whilst the through line of the groups formation and subsequent forays into combat is fine, other elements aren't and they unbalance what should have been a riveting film. Be it the slapstick that appears early in the film or the implied rape of a Scots woman that one of the GIs is staying with whilst being trained in Scotland.
December 25, 2009
William Wellman made several great combat movies, but DARBYS RANGERS cannot compare with BATTLEGROUND. Ostensibly, this explosive, standard-issue World War II epic chronicles the first actual commando force in the United States Army. DARBYS RANGERS qualifies as a good adventure movie set against the gritty background of war in North Africa and Italy. Virtually first hour is spent with Darby and his men learning the ropes about commando tactics and skills from the British in Scotland. When these G.I. Joes are not being run ragged by the Brits, they are running British women ragged. The second half of this 121-minute epic follows our heroes into North Africa where they blow-up a coast gun battery. Finally, they exhaust their luck in Italy and are shot to ribbons so badly blunting a German offensive after Anzio that the powers-that-be order the unit disbanded, and Darby goes off to the Pentagon. Several familiar faces crop up here including Peter Brown of LAREDO fame, Edd Byrnes of 77 SUNSET STRIP, Stuart Whitman, Murray Hamilton, and Jack Warden of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. Indeed, DARBYS RANGERS emerges
as a throwback to the 1940s rather than the 1950s. Mind you, Wellman does not have chaplains making anti-fascist speeches, but sexual escapades for these young lions pad out the time, while Darby
(James Garner of MAVERICK) behaves like a monk and leads them into battle. You will not find any anti-authority issues in this war movie or soldiers complaining about wanting to kill their officers. Like a number of World War II movies of the 1950s, we do not get to see the German soldiers up close and personal, except during an ambush. Meaning, the Germans are depicted as an impersonal enemy. In fact, there are no real emotional villains on the enemy side. Wellman orchestrates several interesting combat sequences, but too many officers parade around unrealistically with their rank displayed on their helmets. One scene here that Sam Fuller used in his classic World War II combat movie THE BIG RED ONE has U.S. troops crossing a road in front of German tanks. As the noisy tanks roll over a hill, the G.I.s slip past it, narrowly missing being hit and escaping the notice of the enemy. Max Steiner provides a suitable martial score to underline the combat scenes. Edd Byrnes is good as a green, shavetail lieutenant who grows up quickly. The triumphant Max Steiner score heightens the moments when our heroes are not in battle.
September 6, 2009
started off well with good humour in the training. but it side steps away from the war a little bit
August 9, 2009
A war film that although dated in many of it's attitudes, still makes you grin all over chops. Maybe a few too many unnecessary story strands, but there's plenty of action and male-bonding to make up for that - an ideal Sunday afternoon movie!
August 9, 2009
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that james garner, etchika choureau, jack warden play good roles/parts throughout this movie....i think that the director of this action/adventure/drama/classics movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie....i think that this is a good war movie 2 watch its a good war movie 2 watch
½ May 18, 2009
Not my kind of warmovie. Too many sidestories. And too much girls involved
½ May 18, 2009
Not my kind of warmovie. Too many sidestories. And too much girls involved
½ February 5, 2009
Like to buy this movie, anyone?
½ July 15, 2008
Poor story which plays more like a rom com than a war film. While follwoing the unit from formation, through training to combat, all the interesting stuff is told in voice over and the few action scenes are largely (and obviously) studio based. The focus on soldiers' private lives puts it in a similar league the The Big Red One. About the only thing in its favour is that it's based on a true story.
½ July 14, 2008
A lesser war movie too hung up on the positives of being in the army even though the various love interests of the soldiers are supposed to humanise the story, and no outdoor battle scenes should ever by shot on a sound stage.
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