The Victors (1963)





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This anti-war saga is taken from the Alexander Baron novel "The Human Kind." Battle weary troops fight their way through Italy and Germany in the final days of World War II. Instead of the honorable and noble portrayals that usually accompany Allied war recollections, these soldiers are more likely to steal, pillage, raid wine cellars and hire prostitutes. The horrors of war are not confined to battles with the enemy as two white soldiers beat up two blacks while the cowardly bar patrons do nothing to stop the injustice. A platoon leader disappears and is later found in a hospital with half his face blown off. The parents of two pretty German girls accept gifts from G.I.s in exchange for their daughters sexual favors, not caring if the loot comes from enemy of ally. Soldiers use puppies for target practice, a young boy willingly offer sex to men from both sides of the battle lines. Produced and directed by Carl Foreman, these unconnected stories of individual experiences paints an unflattering picture of the human race.
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George Peppard
as Cpl. Chase
Eli Wallach
as Sgt. Craig
Jeanne Moreau
as French Woman
Elke Sommer
as Helga
Peter Fonda
as Weaver
Albert Finney
as Russian Soldier
Maurice Ronet
as French Lt. Cohn
Michael Callan
as Eldridge
James Mitchum
as Grogan
Joel Flateau
as Jean-Pierre
Albert Lieven
as Herr Metzger
Mervyn Johns
as Dennis
Tutte Lemkow
as Sikh Soldier
Peter Vaughan
as Policeman
George Roubicek
as Russian Sentry
George Mikell
as Russian Sentry
Alf Kjellin
as Priest
John Rogers
as Young British Soldier
Marianne Deeming
as Frau Metzger
Patrick Jordan
as Tank Sergeant
Elizabeth Ercy
as Young French Girl
Milo Nappi
as Concentration Camp Prisoner
Malya Nappi
as Barmaid
James Chase
as Condemned Soldier
Riggs O'Hara
as Squad Member
Larry Caringi
as Squad Member
Ian Hughes
as Squad Member
Charles De Temple
as Squad Member
Al Waxman
as Squad Member
Tom Busby
as Squad Member
Robert Nichols
as Squad Member
Graydon Gould
as Squad Member
Anthony McBride
as Squad Member
Colin Maitland
as Squad Member
Tony Wallace
as Squad Member
John Crawford
as U.S. Army Captain
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An anti-war film for war film buffs who know better, it rode the wave of it's time, basically explaining how the Allied cooperation in WW2 devolved into the decades long "Cold War" era, if you cant grasp this concept you will be frustrated watching this film. Notable for actually showing racist assault on Black troopers trying to have fun in Europe which is realistic for the era. Great cast, with memorable work by young George "Hannibal" Peppard and handsome G. Hamilton. Memorable scene not to be missed of Maurice Ronet as ruthless French Commando leader who schools American troopers on how to take a Nazi machine-gun nest. Not for the easily bored/short attention span crowd, this is "thinking man's" war exploitation cinema....

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