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The Men (Battle Stripe)
In his film debut, Marlon Brando plays Ken, a World War II vet paralyzed in combat. The tragedy leaves him embittered and despondent, and from his hospital bed he lashes out at the world, even turning away his girlfriend Ellen (Teresa Wright). Slowly, his doctor (Everett Sloane) begins to penetrate the soldier's psyche, and finally Ken begins therapy; before long, he has built up his body, and learned not only to maneuver his wheelchair but to drive a specially-made car. He and Ellen agree to marry, but he sinks into depression on his wedding night, getting drunk and then crashing his car,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Producer Stanley Kramer turns to the difficult cinematic subject of paraplegics, so expertly treated as to be sensitive, moving and yet, withal, entertaining and earthy-humored."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This was Marlon Brando's film debut and, as such, set standards not only for his fellow actors but for himself."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A dated oddity that's nevertheless a must-see for anyone curious about Brando's artistic trajectory."
‑ Don Willmott,
"Even in his first movie, Brando's ability to transcend mediocre material is very much in evidence."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Brando's first movie is a syrupy soap opera-like Stanley Kramer produced social conscience message movie."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It caused quite a stir, although it's hard to see why now."
‑ , Film4
"Stern in its intimations of the terrible consequences of war, this film is a haunting and affecting, as well as a rewarding, drama to have at this time."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Zinnemann's film one of Hollywood's first and most honest attempts to portray the physical, psychological, and sexual problems of paraplegics, splendidly acted by Brando in his feature debut."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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