Battle Hymn

Battle Hymn

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Director: Douglas Sirk

Cast: Douglas Sirk, Rock Hudson, Anna Kashfi, Dan Duryea

     
 

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A kindhearted former minister and World War II veteran joins the Air Force in hopes of helping Korean orphans in director Douglas Sirk's soul-searching war drama -- arriving on DVD courtesy of Universal Studios. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital with optional Spanish and French… See more details below

Overview

A kindhearted former minister and World War II veteran joins the Air Force in hopes of helping Korean orphans in director Douglas Sirk's soul-searching war drama -- arriving on DVD courtesy of Universal Studios. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital with optional Spanish and French subtitles. Extra features include a trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Battle Hymn was a change of pace for director Douglas Sirk, who took a respite from his usual glossy soap operas to produce this sensitive, cross-cultural biographical study of a World War II veteran who re-dedicates his life to helping Korean orphans. The film argues that the disputes of governments matter very little to ordinary people who suffer from the everyday horror and destruction of war, a message unusual in the Cold War 1950s. Sirk lends the film his distinctive visual style, aided by the solid work of cinematographer Russell Metty. Rock Hudson's performance is among the best of his career, and he is ably supported by such familiar supporting cast members as Dan Duryea, Martha Hyer, and Jock Mahoney. Battle Hymn was further evidence of producer Ross Hunter's knack for bringing together just the right elements for a Sirk film, even when the project's subject matter was a departure from the director's standard melodramas.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0025192501425
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
29,973

Special Features

Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Col. Dean Hess
Anna Kashfi En Soon Yang
Dan Duryea Sgt. Herman
Don DeFore Capt. Skidmore
Martha Hyer Mary Hess
Jock Mahoney Maj. Moore
Alan Hale Mess Sergeant
Carl Benton Reid Deacon Edwards
Richard Loo Gen. Kim
James Edwards Lt. Maples
Philip Ahn Old Man
Bartlett Robinson Gen. Timberidge
Simon Scott Lt. Hollis
Teru Shimada Korean Official
Carleton Young Maj. Harrison
Art Millan Capt. Reardon
William Hudson Navy Lieutenant
Paul Sorenson Sentry

Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Vincent B. Evans Screenwriter
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Charles Grayson Screenwriter
Ross Hunter Producer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Emrich H. Nicholson Art Director
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Actual Experiences (Main Titles) [3:20]
2. Words Aren't Good Enough [2:05]
3. Arm Your Bombs [5:57]
4. "Killer" Hess [8:48]
5. Enemy Contact [9:26]
6. Unauthorized Strike [8:40]
7. Guerrilla Sabotage [7:59]
8. Building Shelter [7:49]
9. A Way With the Little Ones [8:19]
10. Enemy Attack [5:37]
11. I Killed Today [4:08]
12. Impossible Mission [9:34]
13. Don't Know How to Die [5:10]
14. Until a Better Day [3:05]
15. Abandoning the Orphanage [6:16]
16. Pilgrimage to Safety [5:25]
17. Operation Kiddy Car [5:26]
18. End Titles [1:05]

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