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A young man defies his overbearing, jealous mother and falls in love with a pretty young woman. Unwilling to lose her beloved son to another, the mother selfishly enlists her boy in the military. Meanwhile, the girl discovers herself pregnant. Still, knowing that he must fight, she says nothing about it. Out on the brutal front lines, the young man is killed in a trench. Back home, his lover bears his son at that moment. When the mother finds out that her jealousy caused her son's demise, she becomes sullen with self-loathing and as a result is mean to everyone, including her grandson. A… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's mostly the meticulous filmmaking and those two performances that raise Pilgrimage to the level of art. There's not a misjudged moment and not an indifferently framed shot."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Powerful anti-war drama, brilliantly atmospheric."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"The wholesome film speaks volumes for Ford's talent, but the overwhelming sentimentality drowns it in false poignancy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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