The Victors

Film, Drama
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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.

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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