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Men in War (1957)




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Anthony Mann, best known for his intelligent Westerns and hard-boiled crime films, directed this unflinching look at the realities of war set against the backdrop of the Korean conflict. Lt. Mark Benson (Robert Ryan) is the leader of a platoon that has just been given orders to advance to Hill 465, where they are to join awaiting troops and advance on the territory. While Benson and his men are weary, they have little choice but to comply. Needing a transport for their weapons, Benson and his men commandeer a truck, only to discover that it's not empty -- Sgt. "Montana" Williamette (Aldo Ray) has been ordered to escort a colonel (Robert Keith) suffering from extreme battle fatigue to a field hospital for examination and treatment. While Benson's loyalty is to his troops and his mission, Montana refuses to turn over the truck; the colonel is one of the only men he's been able to rely on during his stretch in the Army, and he is determined to stand by him in his time of need. Either way, the men find themselves frequently confronted by danger, and their numbers are decimated when they're ambushed by enemy troops. The supporting cast includes L.Q. Jones, Nehemiah Persoff, and Vic Morrow, who five years later would confront the dark side of war on a weekly basis as star of the TV series Combat. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Robert Ryan
as Lt. Mark Benson
Aldo Ray
as Sgt. Joseph (Montana) Williamette
Robert Keith
as Colonel
Vic Morrow
as Zwickley
Phillip Pine
as Riordan
L.Q. Jones
as Sam Davis
Scott Marlowe
as Meredith
Walter Kelley
as Ackerman
Robert Normand
as Christensen
Anthony Ray
as Penelli
Victor Sen Yung
as Korean Sniper
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Critic Reviews for Men in War

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Time has proved its unassuming, unadorned craftsmanship - and Ryan's understanding of men pushed to the edge, never asking for an audience's sympathy, only our awareness.

Full Review… | July 2, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

War on the ground has rarely been done much better than this.

Full Review… | October 28, 2008
New Yorker
Top Critic

One of the best of the lost patrol movies, set in Korea in 1950, bleakly anti-heroic and prefiguring Milestone's Pork Chop Hill in the bitter irony of its climactic assault on a hill.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The screen play by Philip Yordan and the direction of Anthony Mann are made up largely of previous war-film indications of human behavior that mean little when repeated so many times.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A razor-sharp use of environment. Though the territory is wild and unknown, Mann still emphasizes clarity of action over chaos.

Full Review… | October 29, 2016
Combustible Celluloid

Grim, harsh, stunningly shot, Mann's Korean War drama is one of the best samplers of its genre.

Full Review… | August 25, 2012

Audience Reviews for Men in War


Not the greatest movie, but very enjoyable. And attempts to touch on more complex emotions and themes than your typical 1950s war movie.

Timothy Phelan
Timothy Phelan

change of pace expertly handled by director anthony mann ('johnny guitar" also i love the scoring of this movie esp the most effective use of the xylophone!

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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