very entertaining story intertwining diverse backgrounds. well acted and scripted,
Uneven (and too long) study of three pathways into WWII combat in France. Brando excels as the conflicted German officer who may recognize that not all orders should be obeyed. Montgomery Clift shows persistence in the face of an intolerant social system (although his character's changes seem too abrupt). Dean Martin shows how guilt may also have moved some to get involved instead of avoiding service when it was possible. A tale told in episodes, some more authentic-feeling than others -- but some points are made rather too bluntly (particularly by the concentration camp leader). All told, I would have hoped for even more anti-war sentiment -- it might have been left on the cutting room floor (which could have been heaped pretty high given the elliptical nature of things here).
dated, but still a great film.
Brando is a bit OTT as a german, Dean Martin plays Dean Martin, and Montgomery Clift is full of angst
Marlon Brando acted superbly - but it was too long -lacked continuity and Dean Martin somehow was cast. How was he considered for the war drama?- Pity
acting first rate, good to see the movie again after a long time.
Think it would have been a good movie if we could only see it, Marlon Brando as the dashing German, Montgomery Clift as the little battler and Dean Martin as the typical smoothie with a girl or 2 as the centre figures, wish we had seen it all.
I wouldn't run out and buy thyis movie, it was well shot but not anything particulary thrilling or anything to jump about
Terrific performance by Brando.