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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
167 min

(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...


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.


(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.


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

- lt's wonderful.


Prosit Neujahr!


- Happy New Year, Margaret.

- Prost Neujahr, Christian.

lch bringe einen Toast.


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, 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.

I'll tell you something. At one time,

I wanted very much to be a doctor.

And I worked... I worked very hard for this.

And when there was no longer any money

I was forced to give it up,

because we have no free university here.

And I think this is...

this is where Hitler can help us.

I think that... that...

He has promised to change all this.

Christian, Hitler promises

to conquer the whole world.

Oh,ja. But this is a direct result of

a handful of completely insane fanatics...

- Ooh! Christian!

- Yeah, it is, and this will pass.

lt will not pass.

lt's going to get worse and worse and worse.

And I think it's going to end in war.

I think that... we should not discuss this...

because I don't know all the answers.

I know you don't know all the answers.

And with political discussions, we go

round and round, and nothing is ever settled.

Come on, let's go back in

and have a nice time. Come on.

(people singing ''Deutschland ber alles'')


Good night, Christian.

I'll say goodbye in the morning.

(radio announcer) This is the BBC, London.

Today, June 24th 1940, at 7.15pm,

France surrendered to Germany.

The events of the past 45 days,

beginning with the German invasion

of the Low Countries on May 10th,

have thus come to a tragic climax.

England, now fiighting virtually alone,

faces the German military power

whose aim to conquer or destroy the entire

civilised world can no longer be questioned.

ln the words of Mr Winston Churchill:

''What General Weygand has called

'the Battle of France'is over.''

'''The Battle of Britain'is about to begin.''

Leutnant, I do wish you'd order

your driver to slow down.

I'm reluctantly willing to die for the

fatherland, but not in a traffic accident.

We're late, Brandt.

Go a little faster, Basserman.

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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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