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

It's yours, cold.

- It can't be cold.

It's sunny Italy.

- You read the wrong book.

I read the soldiers' handbook

that said this was sunny Italy.

You calling the soldiers' handbook a liar?

- What page?

- I forget the loving page.

You always do. I wouldn't

trust you with a popgun.

- You've got to trust me with a popgun.

I'm a machine gunnner

with a machine gun.

'Things on that beach

suddenly went dead quiet.'

'The silence was bad.'

'Very bad.'

'Was the enemy 50 miles away?'

'Was he just behind

the beach head...'


'If a machine gun

would only start up,'

'a man would know what to do.'

'But a man can't fight a vacuum.'

How long will Halverson take?

- Shouldn't be much longer.

- How do you know?

I know everything. What do you think

they gave me the Soldier's Medal for?

For pulling a nurse

out of a swimming pool.

I didn't think you knew.

I know everything. Who held up

the platoon in Sicily while he

stuck his snout in a barrel of wine?

I'd do it again if I knew

where there was a barrel.

Do you know where there's a barrel?

There it goes.

Well, we know where

we are now, all right.

Bet they get her in ten minutes.

When they do, the war will be over.

We just have to sit here and watch

the rest of it being fought out.

What are you batting

your gums about?

It's cold.

A profound comment.

It's always cold at dawn.

Even if I'm up all night with a girl,

or playing cards, or getting plastered,

dawn comes around I begin to shiver.

My feet grow icy,

my teeth chatter.

Me, I'm hot. You kill me.

Nothing can warm me.

Fire wouldn't be bad.

- No,

even a fire wouldn't do any good.

Profound comment.

Nine and one half minutes

to get the gun?

Why should it take Halverson so long?

- He'll show.

There was no need for the lieutenant

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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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