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Incoming MGM production head Dore Schary ramrodded Battleground into the studio's schedule over the virulent protests of MGM boss Louis Mayer. The result was an award-winning box-office hit, as well as the beginning of the end of Mayer's power. This dramatization of the battles of Bastogne and the Bulge in the waning days of World War II concentrates on a single infantry unit. Van Johnson and John Hodiak are the ostensible stars, but the film is stolen by James Whitmore as the cigar-chomping, battle-stained sergeant. Also appearing is Ian MacDonald as General McAuliffe, whose legendary… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though shot on the back lot, William Wellman's Oscar-nominated recreation of Battle of the Bulge is one of the better WWII movies, serving as blueprint for later Vietnam War films."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gritty re-enactment of the Battle of the Bulge."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sterling, memorable WWII classic directed by Wellman."
‑ Steve Crum,
"One of the best films to depict World War II to be made by people who experienced it."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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