Film, Drama

Time Out says

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.


Release details

103 mins

Cast and crew

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