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Home of the Brave

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Arthur Laurents' play Home of the Brave concerned a paralyzed Jewish war veteran who begins to walk again only when he confronts his fear of forever being an "outsider." The film version of the Laurents play changes the protagonist into an African-American, played by James Edwards. The soldier's comrades include his lifelong white friend Lloyd Bridges, whose death leaves Edwards racked with guilt; redneck-bigot corporal Steve Brodie; and troubled sergeant Frank Lovejoy. In the film's crucial scene, the doctor ...
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Overview

Arthur Laurents' play Home of the Brave concerned a paralyzed Jewish war veteran who begins to walk again only when he confronts his fear of forever being an "outsider." The film version of the Laurents play changes the protagonist into an African-American, played by James Edwards. The soldier's comrades include his lifelong white friend Lloyd Bridges, whose death leaves Edwards racked with guilt; redneck-bigot corporal Steve Brodie; and troubled sergeant Frank Lovejoy. In the film's crucial scene, the doctor Jeff Corey forces Edwards to overcome his paralysis by yelling a racial slur; from this point on, Edwards will never again kowtow to prejudice. As corny and condescending as it may sound, Home of the Brave is one of the few films produced during the late-1940s "tolerance" cycle that plays as well today as it did when first released.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Modern audiences will view Home of the Brave as dated and a bit simplistic, but that doesn't stop it from being a powerful and important film. Its importance lies in it being one of a number of films of its era that attempted to address serious social issues in American society -- in this case, bigotry. Although the Arthur Laurents play that is its source concentrated on anti-Semitism, the film version of Brave focuses on racial discrimination. It can be argued whether this switch helped or hurt the material, but the end result still gets across the same message about the need to get along with people, no matter how different they may be from you. And yes, Brave drives this point home a bit too hard; but as unrealistic as, say, the ending may be, it still makes quite an impact on the viewer. Besides, preachy or not, the screenplay has delicious dialogue and the kind of scenes that actors kill to get the chance to act. Brave is fortunate to have an exemplary cast, starting with James Edwards, whose leading performance is the glue that holds the picture together. Lloyd Bridges is quietly moving, Steve Brodie perfectly repulsive (as required) and Jeff Corey handles the doctor-as-God part with aplomb.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2014
  • UPC: 887090077200
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Olive Films
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 38,380

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Lovejoy Mingo
Lloyd Bridges Finch
Douglas Dick Maj. Robinson
James Edwards Peter Moss
Steve Brodie T.J.
Jeff Corey The Doctor
Cliff Clark Colonel
Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Carl Foreman Screenwriter
Harry Gerstad Editor
Stanley Kramer Producer
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
Rudolph Sternad Art Director
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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