Men in War
Men in War (1957)

Anthony Mann, best known for his intelligent Westerns and hard-boiled crime films, directed this unflinching look at the realities of war set against the backdrop of the Korean conflict. Lt. Mark Benson (Robert Ryan) is the leader of a… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Classics
Release Date: March 19, 1957
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Time has proved its unassuming, unadorned craftsmanship - and Ryan's understanding of men pushed to the edge, never asking for an audience's sympathy, only our awareness.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The screen play by Philip Yordan and the direction of Anthony Mann are made up largely of previous war-film indications of human behavior that mean little when repeated so many times.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a routine 'lost patrol' war drama.

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David Denby
New Yorker

War on the ground has rarely been done much better than this.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A razor-sharp use of environment. Though the territory is wild and unknown, Mann still emphasizes clarity of action over chaos.

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Mann and Yordan provide a work that lives up to its title, exploring the draining psychological impact of war and its physical rigours, as experienced by two central characters.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

One of the best of the lost patrol movies, set in Korea in 1950, bleakly anti-heroic and prefiguring Milestone's Pork Chop Hill in the bitter irony of its climactic assault on a hill.

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Emanuel Levy

Grim, harsh, stunningly shot, Mann's Korean War drama is one of the best samplers of its genre.

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