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Directed by Anthony Mann

United States 1957 104 mins.

Men in War represents a pinnacle of achievement in both the war movie genre and for director Anthony Mann. In the early days of the Korean War, a cut-off platoon tries to get back to its battalion, as Mann’s mythic brother-against-brother theme is played out between a war-weary lieutenant (Robert Ryan), an opportunistic loner (Aldo Ray), and a strange, mute father figure (Robert Keith). From the opening tracking shot across a smoking wasteland, the terrain is established as a palpable, living force that has to be fought through inch by inch. “Stunningly shot . . .War on the ground has rarely been done much better than this.”—David Denby, The New Yorker.

Preservation funding provided by the Packard Humanities Institute.