A Walk in the Sun

A Walk in the Sun

Downloadable Video - 1945
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In the 1943 invasion of Italy, one American platoon lands, digs in, then makes its way inland to blow up a bridge next to a fortified farmhouse, as tension and casualties mount. Unusually realistic picture of war as long quiet stretches of talk, punctuated by sharp, random bursts of violent action whose relevance to the big picture is often unknown to the soldiers.


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Oct 04, 2012

Warning to action lovers: the title is A Walk In the Sun, not The Guns of Testosterone. The film wants to depict average soldiers on an average day, and it gets a lot right: the boredom alternating with terror, the nervous chatter and the exhausted silence. Unfortunately, it was made in 1945-1946, when the social realist formula had not been perfected, and there are clunky, theatrically overwritten moments. The music is also a mixed bag: Errol Flynn-ish, derring-do, combined with draggy blues and negro spirituals. These choices were well-meant, but unfortunate for a modern audience, who may notice there are no black people in this film. As always, I had a crush on Richard Conte, and Dana Andrews is pretty. EXTRAS: The use of "lovin'" as a substitute for another word, frequently used by soldiers and sailors.

voisjoe1 Sep 11, 2011

Some say the best B&W WWII movie. I found it to be a little too wordy and boring.

I could see that some would think it is great, but not my cup of tea.

aaa5756 Jul 07, 2011


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