Synopsis: We follow a band of American soldiers as they engage the Germans in a snowy, foggy winter near Bastogne in World War II. They're low on fuel, rations, and ammunition; the Germans are constantly encouraging their surrender via radio and leaflets, and most importantly, the pervasive thick fog makes movement and identification difficult and prevents their relief by Allied air support. This film focuses much more on the psychology and morale of the soldiers than on action footage and heroics.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): William A. Wellman
Production: MGM
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

learned him better manners, Pop.

- Knock it off, will you?

- When do you leave?

Any day now. I have to sweat out

a letter of confirmation...

from our higher headquarters.

You'll be in Paris.

No, I decided to catch that football game.

That's swell. It'll be rugged

waiting around here all alone.

See you in the morning, Johnny.

You gonna miss me, Abner?

That's for dang sure.

I'm glad to see you guys

finally got the junk off my cot.

How about dousing that light?

Paris trucks are leaving early.

Okay, douse it.

All right, roll out of them sacks.

Hit it.

Leave your cots and grab your socks.

Let's go, men. You're slow.

Get them up, Wolowicz.

- I ain't going to Paris.

- Nobody's going to Paris.

- We're moving up. On trucks.

- Moving up? Where to?

Beats me. The Krauts

made a breakthrough someplace.

They tell me it's gonna be cold...

so wear your long johns and two pairs

of pants. Three, if you can get them on.

But they told us yesterday

we'd be off the line for good.

They didn't get the order

till after midnight.

There's trucks this time instead of gliders.

That's a good sign, anyway.

This is strictly for the birds, brother.

Beats anything

ever I stuck my finger in before.

"General, I need a crack division

to plug up that gap."

"A crack division, General?

I'd be honored if you'd use the 101st."

"Awfully nice of you, old boy.

Thanks a lot."

"Not at all, General."

Maybe the adjutant

can put in a phone call.

Yeah. It's only a technicality.

- I forgot to tell you, men...

- Shut up!

It's a secret move,

so rip off your shoulder patches.

Sarge, you got any of them

rubber overshoes, them galoshes?

Can't fit you, Abner. Your feet's too small.

Take care of that gas mask, soldier.

It might save your life someday.

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Robert Pirosh

Robert Pirosh (April 1, 1910 – December 25, 1989) was an American motion picture and television screenwriter and director. more…

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