The Young Lions

  • Film
  • War films
This version of Irwin Shaw's lengthy WWII novel, adapted by Edward Anhalt, is three movies for the price of one. We follow idealistic German Brando, American soldier Clift and crooner Martin from the time of enlistment until their paths eventually cross outside a concentration camp towards the end of the war. Clift, who accused Brando of turning the character of Diestl into a 'fucking Nazi pacifist', blocked his fellow Method actor from dying with his arms outstretched as if on the Cross; and director Dmytryk dissuaded Brando from delivering an improvised speech about the plight of American blacks. Clift gave his deliberately unattractive Jewish GI, Noah Ackerman, a shuddering intensity. Perhaps wisely, Clift and Brando, shared no scenes together. Motivation, Dean Martin observed, is a lot of crap. 'Hell, I just played myself. A likeable coward.'

Release details

Duration: 167 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Screenwriter: Edward Anhalt
Cast: Marlon Brando
Montgomery Clift
Dean Martin
Hope Lange
Barbara Rush
Maximilian Schell
Mai Britt
Lee Van Cleef
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