Men in War

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One of the best of the lost patrol movies, set in Korea in 1950, bleakly anti-heroic and prefiguring Milestone's Pork Chop Hill in the bitter irony of its climactic assault on a hill. Beautifully staged by Mann with his usual eye to landscape, and an intriguing sub-theme querying the nature of military authority as Ryan's lieutenant, wearily devoting himself to shepherding his men through alive, comes into conflict with - while forced to rely on the battle skills of - Aldo Ray's sergeant, whose sole interest, pursued with dog-like devotion, lies in trying to save a shellshocked colonel (mad but still a symbol of authority).

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Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anthony Mann
Screenwriter: Philip Yordan
Cast: Robert Ryan
Aldo Ray
Robert Keith
Phillip Pine
Nehemiah Persoff
Vic Morrow
James Edwards
LQ Jones
Scott Marlowe
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