The Sergeant

Overview

Long before "don't ask, don't tell," this melodrama made a mishmash of the issue of homosexuality in the military. Rod Steiger stars as Master Sergeant Albert Callan, a hero of WWII who is stationed at a U.S. Army base in France in 1952. A gruff, tough taskmaster, Callan turns the base from a shambles run by the alcoholic Captain Loring Frank Latimore into a model of efficiency and discipline -- though the lazy troops resent Callan for his efforts. Callan's been hiding his attraction to men for some time, and his...
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Overview

Long before "don't ask, don't tell," this melodrama made a mishmash of the issue of homosexuality in the military. Rod Steiger stars as Master Sergeant Albert Callan, a hero of WWII who is stationed at a U.S. Army base in France in 1952. A gruff, tough taskmaster, Callan turns the base from a shambles run by the alcoholic Captain Loring Frank Latimore into a model of efficiency and discipline -- though the lazy troops resent Callan for his efforts. Callan's been hiding his attraction to men for some time, and his eye is turned toward his attractive clerk, PFC Tom Swanson John Phillip Law. Callan jealously refuses to grant Swanson permission to visit his French girlfriend Ludmila Mikael -- and even orders the younger man to stop seeing her. At first, Swanson interprets Callan's odd behavior as loneliness and forgives it, but after Callan kisses him, Swanson understands that his superior's attentions are sexual. Rebuffed, Callan tortures Swanson with unfair punishments and criticisms, earning his subordinate's animus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316126653
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Master Sgt. Albert Callan
John Phillip Law Pfc. Tom Swanson
Ludmila Mikael Solange
Frank Latimore Capt. Loring
Elliott Sullivan Pop
Ronald Rubin Cpl. Cowley
Philip Roye Brown
Jerry Brouer Sgt. Komski
Memphis Slim Nightclub Singer
Gabriel Gascon Solange's Brother-in-Law (uncredited)
Technical Credits
John Flynn Director
Michel Deruelle Makeup
Francoise Diot Editor
Marc Frederix Art Director
Richard Goldstone Producer
Willy Holt Production Designer
Michel Magne Score Composer
Dennis Murphy Screenwriter
Charles Nelson Editor
Henri Persin Cinematographer
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