Battle of the Bulge (1965)

162 mins | Drama | 1965

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HISTORY

Copyright length: 140 min. Filmed in Spain. Roadshow presentations in ... More Less

Copyright length: 140 min. Filmed in Spain. Roadshow presentations in Cinerama. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
Cam op
Cam asst
Aerial photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff ch
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Post-prod exec
Prod mgr
Unit mgr
Unit mgr
Unit mgr
Prod coordinator
Scr supv
Scr supv
Dial coach
Miniature constr
SOURCES
MUSIC
Selected music composed by Benjamin Frankel, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
SONGS
"Panzerlied," music and lyrics by Kurt Wiehle and Benjamin Frankel.
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 16 December 1965
Copyright Claimant:
United States Productions
Copyright Date:
18 June 1966
Copyright Number:
LP33759
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
gauge
35 & 70
Widescreen/ratio
Ultra-Panavision
Duration(in mins):
162
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In December 1944 Allied soldiers are anticipating victory in Europe and the end of the war. U. S. intelligence officer Lieutenant Colonel Kiley, however, believes that the German Army is planning to launch a major, last-ditch offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Kiley's superiors, Colonel Pritchard and General Grey, take no action because they believe the Germans to be too exhausted to carry out such an attack. In fact, famed German tank commander Colonel Hessler has been recalled from the Russian front to lead a fullscale attack using troops and a throng of new Tiger tanks. The Germans wait for bad weather to ground the Allies' superior air support and then make their assault. Moreover, the Germans place English-speaking saboteurs, uniformed as military police, behind the lines to cause confusion among the Allies. The force of the assault having lowered the morale of the American troops, Kiley watches as they retreat, and he suddenly deduces that the Germans will soon run out of gasoline; they have been foraging from captured supply dumps now in the hands of the saboteurs. Lieutenant Weaver recognizes the saboteurs for what they are, and, encouraged by the wounded Kiley, he and a small group recapture the largest of the dumps to prevent it from falling to Hessler. As the German tanks approach the dump, Weaver and his men roll the drums of gasoline toward the tanks and ignite them, setting the fleet ablaze and averting the last serious threat of the German ... +


In December 1944 Allied soldiers are anticipating victory in Europe and the end of the war. U. S. intelligence officer Lieutenant Colonel Kiley, however, believes that the German Army is planning to launch a major, last-ditch offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Kiley's superiors, Colonel Pritchard and General Grey, take no action because they believe the Germans to be too exhausted to carry out such an attack. In fact, famed German tank commander Colonel Hessler has been recalled from the Russian front to lead a fullscale attack using troops and a throng of new Tiger tanks. The Germans wait for bad weather to ground the Allies' superior air support and then make their assault. Moreover, the Germans place English-speaking saboteurs, uniformed as military police, behind the lines to cause confusion among the Allies. The force of the assault having lowered the morale of the American troops, Kiley watches as they retreat, and he suddenly deduces that the Germans will soon run out of gasoline; they have been foraging from captured supply dumps now in the hands of the saboteurs. Lieutenant Weaver recognizes the saboteurs for what they are, and, encouraged by the wounded Kiley, he and a small group recapture the largest of the dumps to prevent it from falling to Hessler. As the German tanks approach the dump, Weaver and his men roll the drums of gasoline toward the tanks and ignite them, setting the fleet ablaze and averting the last serious threat of the German Army. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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