Like many things, has both good and bad aspects
Yes, I was bothered by some of the inaccuracies presented here. I'm not
a WW II weapons geek, so I don't know one tank from another, but things
like bad weather grounding all aircraft when all scenes were shot in
perfect weather, and the tank battle fought in open semi-arid country
that didn't match my idea of a frigid Ardennes forest, sort of got to
me. I know that filmmakers take some liberties from reality for the
sake of the photography, (if you don't believe that, watch two minutes
of any porn film) but these were sort of jarring. The better part (at
least for us Americans) was seeing Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, and
Henry Fonda basically playing themselves, or at least the sort of parts
they were famous for. But obviously the acting kudos have to go to
Robert Shaw as Colonel Hessler. He played it as a warrior, and a
committed German nationalist, but not necessarily a fanatical Nazi..
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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 Well worth watching, even if for only the historical reference..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.
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A very stupid yet very fun film containing an outstanding music score by Benjamin Frankel...
It's difficult for me to judge this film, so I have given it a positive
rating due to its sheer entertainment value.
If you have a few hours to kill and you're looking for an extremely
entertaining action/war film that lies within the realms of comic book
fantasy, then this is the film for you. This film is also ideal viewing
for those who love playing the MEDAL OF HONOR, BATTLEFIELD 1942, or
CALL OF DUTY video game series. However, you expect a little bit of
realism and historical accuracy in a movie about the Battle of the
Bulge, try watching BATTLEGROUND (1949), the "Band of Brothers" TV
miniseries, a few History Channel documentaries, or read a few good
books on the subject matter if all else fails. I read the books first.
After buying the DVD and while watching this spectacular film for the
first time, I could tell that the filmmakers weren't planning to go
through all the trouble to make a historically authentic and accurate
war film like THE LONGEST DAY (1962). No! Instead we have a comic book
movie version of the event in which the Germans speak perfect English
throughout (and when they do speak German, they repeat the same
peculiar phrase throughout in order to sound like foreigners), all the
tanks are obviously post-war American tanks, German army commanders
wear SS Panzer uniforms when in battle, almost all the events are
fictitious, and the locations look as though they were filmed somewhere
in the wintry Vasarian countryside and in the scorching Spanish desert
rather than in the snowy, thick Ardennes forest of Belgium. It's
probably all an excuse for the audience to sit back, relax, laugh, and
forget that the actual battle ever really happened. After all, director
Ken Annakin was better known for making a war film entertaining than
making a historical recreation out of it. In order for this film to win
more appreciation, it should have been titled BATTLE OF THE TANKS
But the film is not without merits. Throughout the action-packed battle
scenes we have characters from both sides that have realistic issues
and conflicts within themselves and each other. There is surprisingly
good dialog in these scenes. Robert Shaw gives a sinister performance
as a German commander whose fake German accent makes him sound as
though he has a cold (!) and Henry Fonda is impressive as his American
counterpart. Even better in the acting department are Telly Savalas as
a swindling American tank commander and Hans Christian Blech as Shaw's
war-weary chauffeur/manservant. To top it all off, we have Robert Ryan,
Charles Bronson, and the great Dana Andrews from LAURA (1944) in
supporting roles as American officers.
However, the best parts of the film are the truly spectacular Ultra
Panavision 70 cinematography (especially the picturesque views and
tracking shots of masses of German tanks and troops) and the dramatic,
complex music score by British film composer Benjamin Frankel, which is
one of my all-time favorite film scores. Frankel's score is symphonic
film music of a different kind, relying heavily on fast tempos,
thundering brass and stirring tremolo strings, and the use of the
German Panzer song "Panzerlied" within the score. "Panzerlied" is even
sung by a team of Panzer commandos at one point in the film, with full
orchestra accompanying the singing. Never has a Third Reich battle song
been so stirring to listen to beforeeven if you're an anti-Nazi you'll
want to sing along with them! In my humble opinion, both the film's
stirring score and breathtaking cinematography wholeheartedly deserved
Oscar nominations...yet they failed to do so.
This is a superb example of how to make an entertaining war
filmwithout relying on historical accuracy and authenticity to make
the audience deal with serious, raw historical facts.
Worth watching (and listening to), but a word of caution here: in order
to best appreciate the film, make sure you're watching a widescreen
version, since a pan-and-scan version would severely hurt the epic
scale of the film. And also make sure that you're watching the film on
the surround sound, so that the film's excellent music score will draw
you into the film. In other words, make sure you get the DVD and that
you have a fairly large monitor. And most importantly, do not take this
film seriously whatsoever or else you'll hate it!.