The Victors

A World War II picture with a weightiness all its own that follows an American infantry unit from Sicily, up through Europe, to the fall of Berlin and after. Foreman adds nothing to William Wellman's portrait of an ordinary GI unit in Battleground (1949). Instead of the emotional complexity of the earlier film, Foreman offers a rather cheap and shallow sense of irony, sometimes effective, more often ponderous. Interludes between campaigns are beefed up by the presence of various sexy European actresses; Hamilton, Peppard, Wallach and Fonda play some of the soldiers who get theirs at various stages of the long slog towards the death of the last one at the hands of a drunken Russian soldier (Finney) in a knife fight in Occupied Berlin.

Release details

Duration: 175 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Carl Foreman
Screenwriter: Carl Foreman
Cast: George Hamilton
George Peppard
Eli Wallach
Vincent Edwards
Rosanna Schiaffino
James Mitchum
Maurice Ronet
Jeanne Moreau
Romy Schneider
Michael Callan
Peter Fonda
Melina Mercouri
Mervyn Johns
Albert Lieven
Senta Berger
Elke Sommer
Albert Finney

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4.2 / 5

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TK&P

If you have read the excellent book by ex British Soldier Alexander Baron, "The Human Kind" you will already be familar with some of the scenes portrayed in this film. What a pity however, that the film makers felt it neccesary to convert the experiences of the average British soldier into that of our American allies. I suppose the studio involved felt that a film about British forces fighting thier way from Italy to Germany would not have the same impact therefore revenue. I guess not much has changed on that score. Nethertheless a very watchable film

TK&P

If you have read the excellent book by ex British Soldier Alexander Baron, "The Human Kind" you will already be familar with some of the scenes portrayed in this film. What a pity however, that the film makers felt it neccesary to convert the experiences of the average British soldier into that of our American allies. I suppose the studio involved felt that a film about British forces fighting thier way from Italy to Germany would not have the same impact therefore revenue. I guess not much has changed on that score. Nethertheless a very watchable film

liz

I've just been listening to Sinatra's Christmas cd and heard 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' and I instantly remembered the scene of the execution in the snow although I haven't watched the film for over 40 years, it was so poignant