This Korean War drama from an acclaimed director best known for his psychological Westerns and films noir tells of an American platoon commander (Robert Ryan) whose weary soldiers are cut off behind enemy lines. Ordered to rejoin the main division to take Hill 465, this lieutenant tries to commandeer a truck to transport his men’s weapons, but meets resistance from a sergeant (Aldo Ray) who is using the vehicle to drive his revered, shell-shocked CO to a field hospital. After a tense stand-off, they slowly make their way together through hostile territory peppered with enemy snipers and land mines.
“What All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) were to the great world wars, Men in War is to the Korean War…Men in War presaged the disillusionment over the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s, making it unsurprising that the United States Army deemed the film offensive to ‘the dignity of commissioned and non-commissioned officers.’” –Scott MacQueen, UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Restored 35mm print! 102 min. Admission $10; Cinematheque members, CIA/CSU/CWRU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes, twofers or radio winners.
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