The Men

Synopsis: Ex-GI Ken who as a result of a war wound is paralyzed below the waist. In the hospital back home, he passes through an initial period of depression with the help of a sympathetic Dr. Brock and his faithful fiancée Ellen. Ken's bitter isolation is also overcome with the help of his fellow patients, especially the intelligent young cynic Norm, the witty Leo and serious young Angel. Soon Ken throws himself into the work rehabilitation and after a long period of physical therapy even suspects he may regain the use of his limbs. With the approval and help of the doctor, he and Ellen marry, but on their wedding night both have misgivings about the marriage: the full realization of Ellen's new responsibilities frighten her and makes her more uncertain than ever, and Ken reverts to self-pity. There is a violent argument, and he goes back to the hospital. But his blazing anger finds no sympathy from his buddies, and after a surprising conversation with Dr. Brock, Ken realizes that he must retur
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Fred Zinnemann
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

And the answer to that is no.

However, this young lady here

is marrying one of our patients.

You might check with her.

Any other questions?

If not, suppose

we adjourn the meeting?

And please feel free

to consult with me whenever

you have any problems.

Because you will.

Good night.

Good night.

Good night.


- More questions?

- I'm afraid so.

You have a patient here

named Bud Wilczek.

Kenneth Wilczek.

We were engaged

before he went overseas.

Well, after he was hurt,

he wrote and said it was all off.

He's never even let me

come to see him.

Why don't you leave him alone?

Because he doesn't

really want it that way.

I know he doesn't.

I know why he's acting

like this. I'm no fool.

Besides, you made it

very clear just now.

Why don't you write to him?

I have, naturally.

He doesn't answer.

I was so sure you'd help me.

Don't you understand?

This is the third hospital

I've followed him to.

Yes, I understand.

What do you want to do?

- I want to marry him.

- Why?

Why? For the usual reasons.

Do you have parents?

- Yes.

- Do they feel as you do?

Why shouldn't they?

Anyway, they're not engaged

to him; I am.

Well, what do you want me to do?

You're his doctor.

You could talk to him.

I can't interfere

in his personal life.

Don't you think he needs me?

Don't you think I can help him?

I don't know.

It takes a pretty special kind

of woman in a lot of ways.

Maybe I'm special.


Give me a ring in a day or two.

Oh, thank you, Doctor.

I will.

Get up! Get up!

Here they come!

Good morning, gentlemen.

Good morning, Doctor.

- Hi, Doc.

- Good morning, Doc.

- Good morning, Mr. Thompson.

- Good morning, Doctor.

- How are you feeling?

- Okay, Doc.

- What's his residual?

- Nine out, one and a half left.

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Carl Foreman

Carl Foreman, CBE (July 23, 1914 – June 26, 1984) was an American screenwriter and film producer who wrote the award-winning films The Bridge on the River Kwai and High Noon among others. He was one of the screenwriters that were blacklisted in Hollywood in the 1950s because of their suspected Communist sympathy or membership in the Communist Party. more…

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