Bitter Victory
Bitter Victory (1957)

In Nicholas Ray's WWII drama, two British officers, Captain Leith (Richard Burton) and Major Brand (German character actor Curd Jürgens, who would later play Bond foe Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me), a South African, are being… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Nicholas Ray's direction of black-and-white CinemaScope, that freak child of the 50s, is consistently brilliant in this raw, confused masterpiece.

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Time Out

The title tells all.

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

There is a sense that while the men here are well-versed in the theories of war, they are clueless about the realities of combat.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Contemplating the dangerous games men play with macho self-images, this survives as one of Ray's greatest works.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The film's military detail is in most respects quite ludicrous.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's one of Ray's more powerful films.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Fine thesping by Richard Burton leads a series of top performances by other members of large cast.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Odd amalgam of a French film, starring a British, German, and American trio, directed by an American and written by three men from different countries.

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Sean Axmaker
St@tic Multimedia

Nicholas Ray directs with an uncompromising austerity that puts the hypocrisy and the bitter inhumanity of war in focus...

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
one of ray's more neglected films, it's a stunning black and white widescreen character study of the intense struggle between two british officers on… More
Walter M.
In "Bitter Victory," General Paterson(Anthony Bushell) is in a bit of a pickle with a sudden dangerous mission to steal documents behind enemy lines… More
jay nixon
Stark drama of principles in wartime. Excellent performances from the three leads. Ruth Roman's part is small but integral to the plot and she makes the… More
cody franklin
This film succeeds with the acting, but fails with the story. Nicholas Ray gets everything he can out of every character, but the story is bland, the action is… More
Ken Stachnik
Burton is strong as is Ray's direction, but this story just falls flat