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Halls of Montezuma [Sensormatic]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Once again returning to the genre to which he was perhaps best-suited, director Lewis Milestone traces the fate of a Marine platoon in the Pacific theater during WWII. The film stars Richard Widmark as the no-nonsense Lt. Carl Anderson, an officer charged with the responibility of leading his unit on a scouting mission to capture prisoners from an experimental rocket-launching facility and bring them back for interrogation. Among his platoon are veterans Pidgeon Lane (Jack Palance), Doc (Karl Malden), and Sgt. Zelenko (Neville Brand), as well as raw recruits Coffman (Robert Wagner) and Cpl. Stuart Conroy (Richard Hylton). Anderson is skilled at subtly motivating the varied group of characters, while suffering himself from crushing headaches. The platoon attacks the island, taking losses on the heavily defended beach. When they try to take a strategic ridge, they're pinned down by rocket fire whose source is impossible to locate. In desperation, Anderson is ordered to take a hand-picked patrol behind enemy lines to bring back prisoners. After some painful losses, they finally return with prisoners. Despite occasional war movie cliches, this is a solid, exceptionally well acted effort, which gives full weight to the terrible human cost of war. The film is also notable for great performances by Malden, Palance, Widmark, Webb, and the very young Wagner.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2002545

  • Credits
    Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Walter Jack Palahnuik, Walter Palance, Robert Wagner, Jack Webb, Karl Malden, Malden Sekulovich, Reginald Gardiner, Philip Ahn, Richard Hylton, Richard Boone, Skip Homeier, Bert Freed, Neville Brand, Martin Milner, Marty Milner
  • Critic Reviews
    "Tense....Richard Widmark brings hints of mania to his portrayal of a Marine lieutenant leading his troops to enemy territory..."
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