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Often described as hysterical, this is in fact a brilliant predecessor to Kubrick's Paths of Glory using a fictional slant on World War II's Battle of the Bulge - the cowardice of a CO (Albert), resulting in heavy casualties, is studiously ignored by superiors with an eye to his father's political pull - to express a virulent disgust not so much with war itself as with the systems of privilege and self-interest which perpetuate its disasters. Where Kubrick analyses, Aldrich attacks; and his images have precisely the same hallucinatingly twisted quality as the war-torn landscapes in which they take shape.

By: TM

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Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Aldrich
Screenwriter: James Poe
Cast: Jack Palance
Eddie Albert
Lee Marvin
Robert Strauss
Richard Jaeckel
Buddy Ebsen
Peter Van Eyck
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