A Walk in the Sun

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Lewis Milestone
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins.
117 min

Smashed his face all to...

I can't see anything.

- I can feel it. It's messy.

I think it took his whole face away.

Where's your flashlight?

- You can't shine a light here.

I can shine a light if I have

to shine a light. Where is it?

Cover over.

Take a quick look.

Told you.

Left cheek and his eye,

covered with blood.

Can't even tell whether

the eye's there or not.

Douse that light.

Go and get the first aid man,

what's his name?


- Yeah. He might as well

start earning his money.

Where is he?

- Down at the stern.

I saw him down in the stern.

Where's McWilliams?

Where's McWilliams,

the first aid man?

Who's that?

- Sergeant Porter.

Oh, here I am, Sergeant.

You want me, Sergeant?

- Lieutenant's hurt.

Sergeant Halverson said for you to go up.

- What's wrong with him?

Get up there and see.

You want me to bring him here?

Just asking.

What is it, Mac?

- What's up?

The lieutenant...

That last shell, uh?

Don't know. Going up to see.

Well, whadya know?

I told him.

What's the matter with

the lieutenant, Sarge?

Old rocking-chair get him?

He had his head over the side.

Looking through binoculars.

What was he looking at?

Is he dead?

Not yet.

What do you know.

It's a purple heart,

sure as little apples.

How'd you like to

have a purple heart, Jake?

Depends on where I got the

purple heart. In the legs, OK.

In the guts, no.

Purple heart means a nice

quiet trip to Jersey City.

I would like a nice

trip to Jersey City.

I'd like a nice quiet trip anywhere.

Haven't had a nice

quiet trip since this war started.

Jersey City would do fine.

I should go back and see

if I can do anything.

- Why don't you?

Lieutenant's going to die,

he's going to die.

Nothing I can do about it.

Nothing in the world.

Blew a hole out

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Robert Rossen

Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 – February 18, 1966) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer whose film career spanned almost three decades. His 1949 film All the King's Men won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, while Rossen was nominated for an Oscar as Best Director. He won the Golden Globe for Best Director and the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. In 1961 he directed The Hustler, which was nominated for nine Oscars and won two. After directing and writing for the stage in New York, Rossen moved to Hollywood in 1937. There he worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. until 1941, and then interrupted his career to serve until 1944 as the chairman of the Hollywood Writers Mobilization, a body to organize writers for the effort in World War II. In 1945 he joined a picket line against Warner Bros. After making one film for Hal Wallis's newly formed production company, Rossen made one for Columbia Pictures, another for Wallis and most of his later films for his own companies, usually in collaboration with Columbia. Rossen was a member of the American Communist Party from 1937 to about 1947, and believed the Party was "dedicated to social causes of the sort that we as poor Jews from New York were interested in."He ended all relations with the Party in 1949. Rossen was twice called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), in 1951 and in 1953. He exercised his Fifth Amendment rights at his first appearance, refusing to state whether he had ever been a Communist. As a result, he found himself blacklisted by Hollywood studios as well as unable to renew his passport. At his second appearance he named 57 people as current or former Communists and his blacklisting ended. In order to repair finances he produced his next film, Mambo, in Italy in 1954. While The Hustler in 1961 was a great success, conflicts on the set of Lilith so disillusioned him that it was his last film. more…

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