The Victors (1963)

175 mins | Drama | 1963

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HISTORY

Filmed in Italy, France, England, and Sweden. Opened in London in Nov 1963. The film acknowledges the cooperation of the Swedish Army Ordnance ... More Less

Filmed in Italy, France, England, and Sweden. Opened in London in Nov 1963. The film acknowledges the cooperation of the Swedish Army Ordnance Corps. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Carl Foreman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art cons
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Dial ed
COSTUMES
Ward des
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod coordinator
Unit mgr
Prod supv
Cont
Prod secy
Casting
Prolog & title des
Prolog & title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Human Kind
a Sequence by Alexander Baron (New York, 1953).
SONGS
"March of the Victors," "Sweet Talk" and "No Other Man," words and music by Sol Kaplan and Freddy Douglass
"Theme From The Victors (My Special Dream)," words and music by Sol Kaplan, Freddy Douglass and Howard Greenfield
"Does Goodnight Mean Goodbye?," word and music by Jack Keller, Howard Greenfield and Gerry Goffin
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SONGS
"March of the Victors," "Sweet Talk" and "No Other Man," words and music by Sol Kaplan and Freddy Douglass
"Theme From The Victors (My Special Dream)," words and music by Sol Kaplan, Freddy Douglass and Howard Greenfield
"Does Goodnight Mean Goodbye?," word and music by Jack Keller, Howard Greenfield and Gerry Goffin
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," words and music by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, sung by Frank Sinatra.
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PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1963
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 December 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Highroad Productions
Copyright Date:
31 December 1963
Copyright Number:
LP27124
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
175
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Corporals Trower and Chase, Sergeant Craig, and other members of an American infantry squad in England are shipped to combat assignment in Italy following their training in Britain. After taking possession of a small town, Baker, one of the G.I.'s, finds a few hours of happiness with Maria, a young mother who has not heard from her soldier husband in many months. Later, the group arrives in France after the D-Day landing, where Craig spends the evening with a Frenchwoman terrified by the continuous bombing. Chase is tempted by the wealthy Magda to desert and join her in the enormously profitable black market; instead, he rejoins his outfit and suffers a leg wound in action. In Belgium, Trower falls in love with Regine, an opportunistic nightclub violinist, but she throws him over for a pimp. Throughout their ordeal, the men are subjected to strain beyond that brought on by combat or romantic entanglements: white Southerners in the outfit harass the black soldiers; battle-hardened G.I.'s shoot a puppy for sport; and Trower and Chase befriend an 11-year-old French boy, only to discover that he is baiting them for homosexual relations. By the war's end, Craig is in the hospital with half his face shot away, Chase still has his leg wound, and Trower is living in the Russian zone of Berlin with Helga, a young blonde whose sister continually boasts of luxuries provided her by a Russian captain. After a disillusioning evening with Helga, Trower gets involved in a pointless squabble with a drunken Russian soldier; unable to understand each other, the two men pull knives and stab each other to ... +


Corporals Trower and Chase, Sergeant Craig, and other members of an American infantry squad in England are shipped to combat assignment in Italy following their training in Britain. After taking possession of a small town, Baker, one of the G.I.'s, finds a few hours of happiness with Maria, a young mother who has not heard from her soldier husband in many months. Later, the group arrives in France after the D-Day landing, where Craig spends the evening with a Frenchwoman terrified by the continuous bombing. Chase is tempted by the wealthy Magda to desert and join her in the enormously profitable black market; instead, he rejoins his outfit and suffers a leg wound in action. In Belgium, Trower falls in love with Regine, an opportunistic nightclub violinist, but she throws him over for a pimp. Throughout their ordeal, the men are subjected to strain beyond that brought on by combat or romantic entanglements: white Southerners in the outfit harass the black soldiers; battle-hardened G.I.'s shoot a puppy for sport; and Trower and Chase befriend an 11-year-old French boy, only to discover that he is baiting them for homosexual relations. By the war's end, Craig is in the hospital with half his face shot away, Chase still has his leg wound, and Trower is living in the Russian zone of Berlin with Helga, a young blonde whose sister continually boasts of luxuries provided her by a Russian captain. After a disillusioning evening with Helga, Trower gets involved in a pointless squabble with a drunken Russian soldier; unable to understand each other, the two men pull knives and stab each other to death. +

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

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