The Men (Battle Stripe)
The Men (Battle Stripe) (1950)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This was Marlon Brando's film debut and, as such, set standards not only for his fellow actors but for himself.

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

A dated oddity that's nevertheless a must-see for anyone curious about Brando's artistic trajectory.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Even in his first movie, Brando's ability to transcend mediocre material is very much in evidence.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brando's first movie is a syrupy soap opera-like Stanley Kramer produced social conscience message movie.

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Film4

It caused quite a stir, although it's hard to see why now.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
It's hard for me to believe, but until recently I didn't know what Marlon Brando's first movie was. It was an innocuous but well-meaning film… More
Cameron Johnson
"There's men, who play the game of life so well." "Man", forget that song; this film is older than either Paul McCartney's or… More
jay nixon
Good drama examining the difficulties faced by men paralyzed in the WWII. Brando is very good here minus the method affectations that marred a great deal of his… More
Mike T.
Marlon Brando's explosive debut performance is better than the film itself. Watching this man in his first starring role is an enormous novelty, and I was… More
AJ Verser
Brando's first performance in film, if you can find this movie I highly recommend watching it, especially if you're a fan of his (I don't know… More