The Fighting 69th Reviews

  • Dec 14, 2018

    basically just propaganda

    basically just propaganda

  • Aug 20, 2014

    This was very unique as a war story but quite enjoyable, the real-life story of Father Duffy, military priest for a New York-based group of mostly Irish Americans. Weird seeing James Cagney play a disliked, standoffish braggard who ends up being cowardly on the battlefront. Pat O'Brien's outstanding as the main character.

    This was very unique as a war story but quite enjoyable, the real-life story of Father Duffy, military priest for a New York-based group of mostly Irish Americans. Weird seeing James Cagney play a disliked, standoffish braggard who ends up being cowardly on the battlefront. Pat O'Brien's outstanding as the main character.

  • Jun 17, 2013

    This World War 1 movie was based on fact which means some of it was Hollywoodized. 'The Fighting 69th' gets a lot of mileage out of every cliche you've ever seen in a war film. It's hokey corn from start to end--and yet, despite the fact that you've seen it all before--it's an enjoyable enough experience because of its stellar cast of Warner stock players. James Cagney is the mug from Brooklyn who is nasty to one and all, described by one character as "the man they'd rather riddle with bullets than the Germans." Pat O'Brien is the true-life character of Father Duffy who has a major job on his hands trying to reform Cagney in time for the fadeout.

    This World War 1 movie was based on fact which means some of it was Hollywoodized. 'The Fighting 69th' gets a lot of mileage out of every cliche you've ever seen in a war film. It's hokey corn from start to end--and yet, despite the fact that you've seen it all before--it's an enjoyable enough experience because of its stellar cast of Warner stock players. James Cagney is the mug from Brooklyn who is nasty to one and all, described by one character as "the man they'd rather riddle with bullets than the Germans." Pat O'Brien is the true-life character of Father Duffy who has a major job on his hands trying to reform Cagney in time for the fadeout.

  • Mar 20, 2013

    Cagney plays a cocky braggart who joins the 69th Infantry Regiment in WW1 who turns out to be a bit of a coward. His cowardice results in the death of several of his comrades. The movie ends with him diving on a grenade to save another. A bit of a cliche.

    Cagney plays a cocky braggart who joins the 69th Infantry Regiment in WW1 who turns out to be a bit of a coward. His cowardice results in the death of several of his comrades. The movie ends with him diving on a grenade to save another. A bit of a cliche.

  • Dec 30, 2012

    Interestingly Cagney spends most of the movie playing the coward. He's not the streetwise tough guy you're used to. A very enjoyable early war movie.

    Interestingly Cagney spends most of the movie playing the coward. He's not the streetwise tough guy you're used to. A very enjoyable early war movie.

  • Dec 17, 2012

    A movie that shows Cagney can play against type and do so convincingly, though the setup is a bit slow by today's standards it does get across the idealism that led so many to fight the hun in the first world war.

    A movie that shows Cagney can play against type and do so convincingly, though the setup is a bit slow by today's standards it does get across the idealism that led so many to fight the hun in the first world war.

  • Aug 14, 2012

    ok pre-war propaganda

    ok pre-war propaganda

  • Mar 16, 2012

    Good, but not great. Reasonably one-dimensional. Feels contrived and unrealistic, filled with speeches and gung ho rhetoric. If this movie was meant to be a propaganda film it is odd, as the US wasn't in WW2 at the time it was made. Ending is a tad predictable.

    Good, but not great. Reasonably one-dimensional. Feels contrived and unrealistic, filled with speeches and gung ho rhetoric. If this movie was meant to be a propaganda film it is odd, as the US wasn't in WW2 at the time it was made. Ending is a tad predictable.

  • Oct 06, 2011

    "Somebody outta frag his ass."-Bunny (Kevin Dillon) PLATOON

    "Somebody outta frag his ass."-Bunny (Kevin Dillon) PLATOON

  • Apr 16, 2011

    Cagney plays a coward! This is an odd war film, it contains an all-star cast for the time but a lot of them don't get to do much. It's part comedy, part warning cry, part recruitment propaganda...a jack of all trades but master of none, its heart is certainly in the right place but despite a decent performance from the wee guy I wouldn't class it amongst Cagney's best.

    Cagney plays a coward! This is an odd war film, it contains an all-star cast for the time but a lot of them don't get to do much. It's part comedy, part warning cry, part recruitment propaganda...a jack of all trades but master of none, its heart is certainly in the right place but despite a decent performance from the wee guy I wouldn't class it amongst Cagney's best.