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Men in War Reviews

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½ May 28, 2018
A tough, dogged look at the psychological beating combat troops endure. Film has special meaning for me because my mother named me Aldo Ray after seeing this movie in the summer of 1958. I was born two months later on September 6th --- coincidently, the events in the film all took place on the same date.
½ July 23, 2016
Not the greatest movie, but very enjoyable. And attempts to touch on more complex emotions and themes than your typical 1950s war movie.
June 3, 2016
Harsh and realistic, not exactly a feel good film. Much seemed poorly staged.
March 9, 2016
A "Lost Patrol" movie full of standard wartime action ranging from the reasonable to the logic defying absurd. We are being stalked by 4 snipers, 17 of us equiped with heavy weapons, grenades galore and a flame-thrower, yet our rear guard, 1 man who is lagging so far behind us nobody realises it when, having stopped to pick flowers (< Yes, PICK FLOWERS), the snipers sneek up on him an stab him to death. Last sniper, on finally being flushed out and dieing, uses his last breath to call in artillary support, which makes you wonder why he did not do this in the first place. We continue on in the militarilly illogical mode until the final battle scene, which itself defies military logic, by which time one has lost caring.
Couple of the men crack-up under the pressure, as someone always does in one of these films. There's a minefield to contend with, another stereo-type they have not forgot about. A lot of gutso hard-man talk, a lot of gunfire, explosions etc ...
Pork Chop Hill is the much better film concerning the Korean War.
½ December 31, 2014
Considering the vast quantity of clichť war movies from the fifties, whose plots are as "interesting" as -say- an Audie Murphy Western, this one's a real surprise hammer which highly exceeds the good expectations drawn from the interesting cast and the fact that Anthony Mann is the director. This one's a brilliant anti-war-classic in the same category with Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" still waiting to be rediscovered. Whenever this one's on cable or on video, don't miss!
March 29, 2014
Top-notch cast in a gritty, realistic Korean War film.
February 9, 2014
For an old black and white movie this sure portrays infantry soldiering a WHOLE lot better than most contemporary movies. It's not "The Thin Red Line" but there's still this no-nonsense feel to it.
½ June 12, 2013
A strong and gritty portrayal of an isolated platoon in the barren and deadly hills of Korea. Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray create a fantastic taught relationship as they both strive to escape their onerous situation.
April 1, 2013
An Unflinching, Stark Drama--A clunky film!!
January 6, 2013
More known for his Westerns, director Anthony Mann proves that his distinctive directing is well suited to depict more modern conflict with utmost reality.

As probably most already knew, real war is completely the opposite of what Hollywood's block busters make it out to be. In reality, large portion of War is battling against boredom and inconveniences due to lack of everyday commodities and only tiny fraction of time is spent in adrenaline pumping combat. In this sense Anthony Mann's realistic directing style pays homage to largely forgotten Korean conflict as it depicts war in most realistic way I have seen so far. This can be considered a good and bad thing as realistic approach to war does not in this instance transform into a thrilling movie experience.

Men in War tells a straightforward story of Lt. Benson and the desperate situation his encircled platoon faces in Korean battle field. Exhausted and encircled, Benson and his platoon need to break through strong enemy defenses and capture a hill in order to reach friendly lines.

The story is simple and Robert Ryan as the lead actor fills the boots of lieutenant Benson well. Anthony Mann's great directing brings a sense of realism and intensity to each scene and makes it easy for viewer to immerse themselves in Korean conflict. These factors make Men in War technically a great and realistic war film, but with action scenes - as in reality - far and few between, there is no escaping the fact that Men in War is a somewhat tedious film. Now I can appreciate the realism and stunning shots Mann produced with the film, they are really fantastic, but cannot overlook the fact that the film failed to keep me interested in it due to slow pace and lack of action.
October 6, 2012
Director Anthony Mann is best remembered for his tough film noir or his hard edged westerns (and occasionally a period epic), so it's fun to see him do something outside of those genres. In this film, Mann presents a very unglamorous portrait of war. It some ways it's a pretty conventional war film, but in others, such as the film taking place all in one day and the level of Sam Fuller-like grit make it better than average.
September 25, 2012
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!
September 11, 2011
Men in War is an exceptional film. It is about a platoon that finds itself isolated in enemy-held territory in Korea in 1950. Robert Ryan gives an excellent performance. The screenplay is well written. Anthony Mann did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this movie because of the drama. Men in War is a must see.
October 23, 2010
Great movie: it showed the war in the most realistic way except real film of the war,music is also good
½ July 13, 2010
Tense little Korean War drama about a group of men trying to find its way back to their division through enemy territory. The pace and situations of the movie reminded me somewhat of Clouzot's Wages of Fear, although that one was much more about keeping the tension high throughout, while this also took time to develop some relationships. For the most part, though, those are the least successful parts of the movie.
½ June 25, 2010
A standout among most classic WW2 films, with inventive photography and strong performances.
½ June 26, 2009
La guerre de Cor√©e est un sujet tr√®s peu abord√© au cin√©ma. Mann le fait et il le fait bien. En 1H30, tout ce qu'un soldat peut vivre sera montr√©. La guerre est √©galement un monde sans piti√© dont le metteur en sc√®ne ne laisse aucune ambigu√Įt√©. Les humanistes ou les r√™veurs meurent. Le noir sentant une fleur en rel√Ęchant la garde meurt. Le soldat qui dort meurt. L'humaniste se plie au guerrier. Toute humanit√© dispara√ģt. La peur transpara√ģt √† travers les visages. Mann utilise √©norm√©ment de gros plans, renfor√ßant un sentiment d'oppression mais √©galement de celui de ne jamais √™tre seul et tout le temps observ√©. Le seul d√©faut est que Mann annonce trop clairement ce qui va se passer par la suite. A savoir quels soldats vont mourir, etc. Ca ne sert en rien le film, qui se montre trop classique, manquant de rebondissement.
June 14, 2009
keeps one interested right from scene 1...
½ March 28, 2009
Grand petit film. Perfection de la mise en scene. Subtilite de l'interpretation. Vive Mann !
January 31, 2009
A solid wartime actioner features a number of small-scale yet effective battle sequences and a top notch performance by Ryan as the lieutenant determined to get his exhausted men back to safety.
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