This is the best movie ever made about a democratic society going to waragainst fascism. The movie perfectly captures the fear and courage ofAmerican soldiers in war, fighting not to conquer like the Germans ordestroy civilization like the terrorists, but to defend their fellow man.There's no sunshine patriotism in this movie. No flag waving or falseheroics. But the lofty ideas behind the nation that made men such astheseis there hidden like the sun behind fog and clouds. And at the end, theglory embodied in the men blazes true and shines as brightly as the sunwhenthe weather lifts.
Battleground (1949) 720p YIFY Movie
A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
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We follow a band of American soldiers as they engage the Germans in a snowy, foggy winter near Bastogne in World War II. They're low on fuel, rations, and ammunition; the Germans are constantly encouraging their surrender via radio and leaflets, and most importantly, the pervasive thick fog makes movement and identification difficult and prevents their relief by Allied air support. This film focuses much more on the psychology and morale of the soldiers than on action footage and heroics.
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This is my favorite film about the Battle of the Bulge. The characters areabsolutely real, and the story and screenplay are the actual experience ofRobert Pirosh who was a member of the 101st Airborne and also the author andscreenwriter of the film. Without getting lost in blood and gore, younonetheless understand the death and carnage going on all around, and youfeel you actually know these men. Robert Pirosh and Director WilliamWellman manage to bring the celebrated American sense of ironic humor to thefilm. That sense of humor, graveyard though it be, is one of the thingsthat helps us, as Americans, get through times like those, and likethese.
Most touching scene: The utter sadness when Pvt. Layton learns that hisbuddy, Pvt. Hooper, was killed by a mortar shell. William Wellman filmedMarshall Thompson from the back. The fall of his shoulders and head whenthey said "We didn't even find his dogtags" is an eloquence beyondwords.
Most memorable repeated phrase: Pvt. Holley's "Oh, no!"
"Battleground" is a curious film that came out of Hollywood in 1949.WWII had been over, so the public was not wishing for more war films atthe time. Yet, MGM went ahead with this project and gave it to WilliamWellman, a veteran director who knew his craft. The film was written byRobert Pirosh.
The movie is a curiosity also because it was shot in Culver City, yet,at times, it gives the impression of having been shot on location inthe Ardennes. The casting of some of the best acting talents MGM hadunder contract at the time contributes to give the film anotherdimension, as the viewer becomes involved with these men that aretrying to survive during the worst possible conditions.
In spite of some of the criticism in this forum, the film has a realfeeling because it stresses the dependency among the men that arecaught in the conflict. Their every day lives back home is at thecenter of the conversation one hears the men talk about. Wives,children, sweethearts, parents, and even popular figures of the popculture, like Bette Grable, are the basis of communication as the menidle away waiting to be called to fight the enemy.
Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, MarshallThompson, Don Taylor, Leon Ames, and a wonderful James Whitmore, areseen as the soldiers around Bastogne. Denise Darcel is seen as the kindFrench woman who befriends the soldiers.
Ultimately, "Battleground" is William Wellman's tribute to the men inuniform.