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Walk In The Sun / Salerno Beachhead

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  Walk In The Sun  / Salerno Beachhead Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
8.00 /10
Dana Andrews , Richard Conte , John Ireland
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Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Written by: Robert Rossen from Harry Brown's story

Released: 1945
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 117


In 1943, an infantry platoon lands at Salerno and fights its way six miles inland.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Powerful, well acted war film which was successful at the box office and favourably reviewed. But it's not on the level of Milestone's previous war epic, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), and it hasn't dated well. The problem lies in Rossen's script - though literate, intelligent and ironic, it's also literary, verbose and pseudo-philosophical. The action sequences are exciting, though, and its principal innovation - the use of a ballad as a narration device - proved influential on later films, such as High Noon (1952).

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