No excuses, this film is the "Plan 9 from Outer Space" of all war films
As the son of a man who fought and almost died in the Battle of the
Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge is a stupid name that brings to mind
something to do with weight control), I not only think this is the
worst action picture I've ever seen, I'm ashamed that Hollywood
insulted our veterans with this stinker two decades after the battle in
which so many Americans died to turn the tide in Europe. You know it
must be pretty insulting to war veterans if Ike himself bothered to
become a movie critic and denounce it as demeaning to our soldiers and
I try never to say I hate something, but I hate this movie on every
possible level. In the war movie genre, it's a zero. In the historical
recreation genre, it is a sub-zero. As an action picture, it is
unbelievable. Quite simply the only reason anyone should watch this
thing is to catalog a list of things you should avoid doing if you ever
decide to make a war movie.
By now, you've already read about the gaffs: The anachronisms like a
German reading Playboy magazine in the background. The cheap and silly
plastic-models-on-a-tabletop war scenes ala Godzilla, The breathtaking
inappropriate location of the filming on the Spanish plains instead of
using, if not Belgium, then at least some northern European forest
country with snow! I mean, my God, would you film a movie about Eskimos
in Venezuela? And some reviewers here struggle to make apologies for
all this, saying in essence "So what? It was a fun war movie." Who
cares if it was filmed in a desert instead of the Ardennes forest? Who
cares if they made the Germans into cartoonish Nazis and the Allies
into G.I. Joe and Sgt. Rock comic book heroes? Who cares if almost
nothing is as it was during the battle?
Well then, why bother to make a movie with the specific title "Battle
of the Bulge" at all? Why not just call it, "Clash of the Panzers"? I
know, it was the 1960s and it was just meant to entertain and jerk a
few bucks out of people's pockets with gimmicks like Cinerama and
marquee brand names like Henry Fonda. I know all that.
But it was an insult to the vets who fought and died there. They said
it at the time it was made. I can't get beyond that. I have walked the
forests and fields around Bastogne where my father endured such an
ordeal he would not ever speak of when he was alive. I've walked among
the white gravestones of men who died there. I can't bring myself to
get to, "So what? It's just a movie." Neither, apparently could the
many vets who decided to take their families to this picture when it
was released, and then had to sit there, embarrassed and speechless as
this movie made a mockery of their struggle.
I fully expect that I'll get a negative rating as to how many people
found my comments "useful," but that's OK. From what I've seen, people
tend not to like criticism of a film based on subjective, rather than
objective remarks. In this case however, I don't care if I get a single
"useful" vote. This movie was a travesty in its day, and worse now with
the passage of time. It is truly the "Plan 9 From Outer Space" of war
But ending on a positive note: I'd like to see somebody do a spoof film
about the making of this movie and how everybody from the
screenwriters, to the director and actors and location scouts to the
extras in the background didn't give a flying flip about what they were
working on except getting a paycheck. That, I'd watch..
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One of the best world war true story to be made as movie. Better then Longest day.
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BATTLE OF THE BULGE ,Great war movie ,plenty of action ,well worth watching,.
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BATTLE of the BULGE,,great war movie ,Plenty action and a movie to hold you watching,.
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The movie was not an actual portrayal of The Battle of the Bulge.How ever it was a good War Movie.I know I was there.Cpl. Mike,dec.1945.
In the winter of 1944, Hitler orders an all out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp. "The Battle of the Bulge" shows this conflict from the perspective of an American intelligence officer as well as from a German Panzer Commander..
This was one of the most historical battles in WWII, as the Germans set up a hard-to-beat gaunlet using the famous 88mm guns to hold the allied advance in it's tracks. Well worth watching, even if for only the historical reference..
Good actors remaking of a Historical World War II Battle..
HISTORY IN A FILM.
I've repeatedly tried to download this movie and have yet to be granted permission by your site..
Don't believe a bit of what is said and shown in this movie. It's all fake.
What can I say about this movie? A lot, but it wouldn't be appropriate
to put it in here and I don't want to loose my right to put my comments
on this website. So let me tell you this: This movie is absolutely
horrific! Never have I ever seen a war movie as bad as this one.
You have to know about me that I'm really a great amateur of war
movies. I've got several movies of this kind in my private collection
and I'm planning to buy even more war movies, but 'The Battle of the
Bulge' will not be one of them. This is just too bad for words.
For a start: Since when do olive trees grow in the Ardennes??? I'm a
Belgian, I used to work in the region and I think I can say with 100%
certainty that there are a lot of trees, but 99% of them are pines. And
there's certainly nothing that looks like an olive tree to me.
Second: When you are watching the movie, one moment you see tanks
rolling through a landscape with a lot of snow. Then all the snow
magically disappears (the tanks seem to drive through what I might
describe as some kind of desert), just to see the snow come back a few
Third: The acting! I'm not talking about the main actors, Henry Fonda,
Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw, ... They didn't even do it too bad. It's
the rest. How obvious can overacting be? Normally when a soldier gets
hit he doesn't make a few pirouettes, before falling to the ground.
They do not fall in a heroic but oh so theatrical way. No, they just
fall down, the way the impact of the bullet or whatever hits them makes
I could go on like this, but it would take us too far. All I want to
say is this: Don't believe a bit of what is said and shown in this
movie. It's all fake. And the makers of this movie knew that too. At
the end of the movie they give you the message that it is 'generalized'
, as well as 'synthesized' to convey 'the spirit and essence of the
battle' in which a million soldiers fought. Nice way to say that you
know that you made a bad and historically completely inaccurate movie.
If you really want to see what the Battle of the Bulge was like, watch
the episodes 6 (Bastogne) and 7 (The Breaking Point) of Band of
Brothers! You'll see that war isn't about heroism and all that stuff,
which they are trying to make you believe with this movie. It's hell,
it always has been and always will be!!! They should have known and
told that in 1965, it was only 20 years after the war, and not 60 like
today! Today a lot of kids have forgotten what World War II was like,
and they'll get a wrong view on it when watching a movie like this one.
I give it a 1/10..