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A Walk in the Sun [1945]

Director:Lewis Milestone
Writer:Robert Rossen
Composer:Earl Robinson
Length:117 minutes
(1 hour 57 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Veterans Day
Sorting Category:War
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: In the 1943 invasion of Italy, one American platoon lands, digs in, then makes its way inland to attempt to take a fortified farmhouse.

Reaction: You've got to like war dramas, but this one's a fine one.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Lewis Milestone => Director
Robert Rossen => Writer
Earl Robinson => Composer
Harry Brown => Novel
Alvin Hammer => Johnson
Burgess Meredith => Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Chris Drake => Rankin
Dana Andrews => Sgt. Bill Tyne
George Offerman Jr. => Pvt. Tinker
George Tyne => Pvt. Jake Friedman
Herbert Rudley => Sgt. Eddie Porter
Huntz Hall => Pvt. Carraway
James Cardwell => Sgt. Hoskins
Jay Norris => James
John Ireland => Pfc. Windy Craven
John Kellogg => Riddle
Lloyd Bridges => Sgt. Ward
Matt Willis => Sgt. Pete Halverson
Norman Lloyd => Pvt. Archimbeau
Richard Benedict => Pvt. Tranella
Richard Conte => Pvt. Rivera
Sterling Holloway => McWilliams
Steve Brodie => Pvt. Judson
Victor Cutler => Cousins

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Producer [?] Samuel Bronston had to shut down production due to problems with creditors, and the project was taken over by director Lewis Milestone and his Superior Productions.
  • Named one of the year's ten best films by the National Board of Review.
  • It was Burgess Meredith who persuaded [?] Samuel Bronston to produce a film based on Harry Brown's novel.
  • The footage of the platoon attacking the German armored car--which was actually a US Army halftrack--has been used in many subsequent war movies and TV shows.
  • Film debut of John Ireland.
  • Feature-film debut (uncredited) of [?] Robert Horton.