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

He ain't going to

be pretty any more.

Might not be alive

any more, either.

Bad, huh?

- I guess so.

Trying to talk all the time.

Can't you hear him?

I didn't hear anything.

- Not words.

Just talk.

- Is he comfortable, Mac?

He wouldn't know if he was

comfortable or not.

Tough ticket.

- He don't mind.

Nearly time.

Mac, you can pick us up later.

When it gets lighter, you'll see

a road running from the beach.

We'll be on that road.

Hoist tail! Hoist tail!

Hoist tail!

There'll be a honey

of a show on that beach.

A honey of a show.

Take them up 100 yards from

the beach and hit the dirt.

I've got to get word to the captain,

then I'll pick you up.

Let me get word to the captain.

Remember, 100 yards from

the beach and hit the dirt.

Doesn't matter where you are.

Don't care if it's a pig pen.

OK, Hal.

I was wrong, Eddie,

they did give you the job.

You know the lieutenant got wounded.

As platoon sergeant, I'm in command.

Each one of you knows what to do.

Porter's going to take you up

on the beach.

Go with him

and do as he tells you.


Cold water.

Every time, it's cold water.

I'll take you in a wheelchair.

You and your purple heart.

Get them up there, won't you?

Sure thing, Hal.

101, 102.

Hope this beach isn't mined.

- Hey, where's the fire?

113. You think I want to

get caught out on the beach.

Anything could happen there.

118, 119.

120. We'll hold here!

Spread out. Hit the dirt.

Why here?

- 100 yards.

100 yards is 120 paces,

I figured out back there.

All here.

- Good.

Dig in.

- What for? We'll be out

of here in a couple of minutes.

I'm taking no chances.


Well, I just conquered Italy.

You can have it.

I don't want any part of it.

I ain't going to give you any part of it.

I found the loving place and it's mine.

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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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