A Walk in the Sun

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Overview

Harry Brown's honest, unsentimental WW2 novel A Walk in the Sun has been effectively adapted for the screen by Robert Rossen. Dana Andrews stars as Sgt. Tyne, a platoon squad leader in Italy who ends up assuming command of his platoon after a series of deaths. As they prepare to attack an isolated Nazi-held farmhouse, each of the infantymen reveals his true character as he dwells upon his background and contemplates the job at hand. The film's effectiveness lies in the non-cliched characterizations by a carefully...
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Overview

Harry Brown's honest, unsentimental WW2 novel A Walk in the Sun has been effectively adapted for the screen by Robert Rossen. Dana Andrews stars as Sgt. Tyne, a platoon squad leader in Italy who ends up assuming command of his platoon after a series of deaths. As they prepare to attack an isolated Nazi-held farmhouse, each of the infantymen reveals his true character as he dwells upon his background and contemplates the job at hand. The film's effectiveness lies in the non-cliched characterizations by a carefully chosen all-male cast. Huntz Hall of "East Side Kids" fame is particularly good in a scene wherein he argues over whether the human body or the leaf is the most complicated natural structure. Director Lewis Milestone's use of a ballad to link the action predates High Noon by some seven years.
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Special Features

Actor Norman Lloyd on "A Walk In The Sun"; ; The Men Of "A Walk In The Sun" With Joel Blumberg
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Lewis Milestone's solid, low-key war film manages to avoid the flag-waving clichés of most WWII pictures, as it concentrates on the thoughts of the members of an infantry platoon as they undertake an assault on a German-held farmhouse outside Salerno. Robert Rossen's script is less dramatic than novelistic in its effect, as the voice-over narration allows the characters to express the fear of death, boredom, cynicism, and even their rapport with their weapons, in a way that's rare in a combat film. Emphasizing the isolation of the group of G.I.s united only by their common mission, the closest the film comes to gung-ho sentiment is their quietly repeated pet phrase, "Nobody dies." In the equanimity with which the soldiers advance on the farmhouse, Milestone underlines the many battles these veterans have yet survived, and the peace that even the most frightened have made with death. Dana Andrews projects quiet authority in a film that is more than most an ensemble piece, leading a cast that includes John Ireland, Lloyd Bridges, Richard Conte, and surprisingly good Huntz Hall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2009
  • UPC: 089859060625
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,807

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dana Andrews Sgt. Tyne
Richard Conte Rivera
John Ireland Windy
Norman Lloyd Archimbeau
George Tyne Friedman
Lloyd Bridges Sgt. Ward
Sterling Holloway McWilliams
Huntz Hall Carraway
Herbert Rudley Sgt. Porter
Richard Benedict Tranella
James B. Cardwell Sgt. Hoskins
Chris Drake Rankin
George Offerman Tinker
Danny Desmond Trasker
Victor Cutler Cousin
Steve Brodie Judson
Alvin Hammer Johnson
Matt Willis Sergeant Halverson
Robert Lowell Lieutenant Rand
Tony Dante Giorgio
Harry Cline Cpl. Kramer
Dick Daniels Long
John Kellogg Riddle
Grant Maiben Smith
Malcolm O'Giuinn Phelps
Ted Offenbecker Tinker
Don Summers Dugan
George Turner Reconnaissance
Jay Norris James
Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director, Producer
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Millard Lampell Songwriter
Duncan Mansfield Editor
Freddie Rich Score Composer
Earl Robinson Songwriter
Robert Rossen Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walk in the Sun
1. Scene 1 [13:39]
2. Scene 2 [7:25]
3. Scene 3 [6:50]
4. Scene 4 [8:56]
5. Scene 5 [9:15]
6. Scene 6 [9:38]
7. Scene 7 [11:00]
8. Scene 8 [10:07]
9. Scene 9 [9:23]
10. Scene 10 [7:57]
11. Scene 11 [2:05]
12. Scene 12 [1:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Walk in the Sun
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   Scenes
   Extras
      English Subtitles: On/Off
      Norman Lloyd On "A Walk In The Sun" by Jeff Joseph
      The Men Of "A Walk In The Sun" By Joel Blumberg
      Trailers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie, bad DVD

    A Walk In The Sun is a great movie. The Madacy Records DVD I received is bad. The audio was significantly out of sync for a lot of the movie. There also was significant digital snow. Buyer beware.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Butt Me....

    One of the best movies I ever watched! Richard Conte, Loyd Bridges, were great I loved the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best WWII Movie You Never Saw

    This is without a doubt the best WWII movie that most people don't know about. This is Saving Private Ryan before gore was king. Suspensful, well acted and smart. At this price, buy one for yourself and one for any friend who likes WWII movies.

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