The Young Lions

Synopsis: The destiny of three soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian Diestl approves less and less of the war. Jewish-American Noah Ackerman deals with antisemitism at home and in the army while entertainer Michael Whiteacre transforms from playboy to hero.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): Edward Dmytryk
Production: WGBH Boston Video
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
APPROVED
Year:
1958
167 min
23 Views

(woman) Whoo!

(woman laughs)

That's marvellous. Now, tomorrow, you give

me lessons and I give you your money back.

Oh, I feel so good.

(violins play)

Listen. Listen to what they're playing.

Ja. ''Rslein''.

# Dee da-dum

# Lief er schnell, es nah zu sehn

# Sah's mit vielen...

Ooh!

Go on. I'm sorry. Go on. Please.

# Rslein, Rslein rot

# Rslein auf der Heiden

As a rule, Americans speak German

with a very bad accent,

but your accent is... is really horrible.

Oh, Christian.

- This has been so wonderful.

- Yes.

I wanna thank you. You've been

more than generous with your time.

Well, that's only because

I've had the very worst intentions.

Thank you. Oh!

Oh, I hate to leave.

I hate to say goodbye now.

Why? Why don't you

say goodbye in the morning?

No. No, I can't. I've got to leave too early.

Now, look. lt is New Year's Eve.

You go back to America,

I never see you again, and...

- Please, spend the evening with me.

- No.

Too bad.

- Do I have a rival?

- Michael.

- Who?

- Michael.

But I think Michael would not mind if I just...

stole one tiny little Bavarian evening.

Are you kidding? I don't think it would even

occur to Michael that anybody would ask me.

All right. All right, Christian, I'd love to.

Wonderful.

(band plays ''The Blue Danube Waltz'')

- You look lovely.

- Thank you.

You look... really...

I want to present my sister Freda.

- Charmed.

- I'm so happy that you came tonight,

because I composed a little piece of music

for you. And, uh, it's... well...

- Would you like to hear it?

- I'd love to.

- Really?

- Yes.

(trumpeting)

- Do you like it? lsn't it nice?

- lt's wonderful.

(cuckooing)

Prosit Neujahr!

(shouting)

- Happy New Year, Margaret.

- Prost Neujahr, Christian.

lch bringe einen Toast.

Bitte.

Gott, beschtze unsern Fhrer, Adolf Hitler.

- Heil!

- Heil!

(ripple of applause)

Das Horst-Wessel-Lied.

(band strikes up)

# Die Fahne hoch!

Die Reihen dicht geschlossen!

# SA marschiert mit ruhig festem Schritt

# Kameraden,

die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen

# Marschiern im Geist in unsern Reihen mit...

Are you all right?

What's the matter?

Oh... you know, I was just in Berlin

and I... I saw some Nazi demonstrations.

But... I didn't realise it had gone this far.

Not... not here, in this... little town.

lt's a little frightening.

Well, do you think that being a Nazi

is such a terrible thing?

Christian...

Christian, are you a Nazi?

No, I am not a Nazi.

I'm not... I'm not political at all.

But I think that they stand for

something hopeful in Germany.

Christian, you don't really believe that?

Yes, I believe this.

But why? Why?

What can you possibly find to justify Hitler?

I think that... that Hitler

will bring us a better life.

- ls the life you have now so terrible?

- No.

My life is not so terrible,

but I don't wish to spend the rest of it

teaching fat little children how to ski,

and being charming and picturesque.

I can understand your wanting more...

I think that perhaps

you cannot understand what it means

to live on tips from foreigners

in your own country, huh?

You know what I really am?

I'm not a ski instructor, even.

I do this for two or three months in the year,

and when the season is over, I... I go to work

in a little shop as an assistant to my father,

- and I am a shoemaker.

- And you don't want to be a shoemaker?

No, I don't. I want to be something else.

- Well, then, you don't have to remain one.

- Oh, this is not the United States.

lt's so hard to explain to you,

but, you see, it's very difficult for people

to rise above their class in Europe.

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Edward Anhalt

Edward Anhalt (March 28, 1914 in New York City – September 3, 2000 in Pacific Palisades, California) was a noted screenwriter, producer, and documentary film-maker. After working as a journalist and documentary filmmaker for Pathé and CBS-TV he teamed with his wife Edna Anhalt during World War II to write pulp fiction. (Edna was one of his five wives.) more…

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