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Battleground [DVD] [1949]

  • SKU: 14282714
  • Release Date: 05/03/2005
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • Vintage cartoon Little Rural Riding Hood
    • Vintage featurette Let's Cogitate
    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español
    • Closed Captioned


    Incoming MGM production head Dore Schary ramrodded Battleground into the studio's schedule over the virulent protests of MGM boss Louis Mayer. The result was an award-winning box-office hit, as well as the beginning of the end of Mayer's power. This dramatization of the battles of Bastogne and the Bulge in the waning days of World War II concentrates on a single infantry unit. Van Johnson and John Hodiak are the ostensible stars, but the film is stolen by James Whitmore as the cigar-chomping, battle-stained sergeant. Also appearing is Ian MacDonald as General McAuliffe, whose legendary response to the Nazi's suggestion that the Americans surrender consisted of a single four-letter expletive: "Nuts". Whitmore's final scenes of near-delirium before the relief troops arrive are unforgettable. Battleground tries within MGM limits to be wholly realistic, though it is slightly compromised by the scripters' inability to use Army profanity, and by pointless subplot involving actress Denise Darcel. The film doesn't hold up as well as such wartime efforts as The Story of GI Joe or Walk in the Sun, but in 1949 Battleground was regarded as an important milestone in the field of truthful, de-glamorized combat flicks. Please avoid the colorized version: this is a black-and-white subject if ever there was one. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Van Johnson
      Van Johnson - Holley
    • John Hodiak
      John Hodiak - Jarvess
    • Ricardo Montalban
      Ricardo Montalban - Roderigues
    • George Murphy
      George Murphy - Ernest "Pop" Stazak
    • James Whitmore
      James Whitmore - Kinnie

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      "Battleground"; a perfect BD in every way

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      "Battleground" as a film, itself, is a solid work of acting, writing and directing. If you hate older Black and White films; then you're missing out for no real purpose, at all. Love Black and White titles from the 1940's and haven't seen this war gem, yet? Then you're in for a treat. It's both a comedy and a drama; with neither overdone. But the initial purchasing point for me was that this film took home the Oscar for Best Cinematography (Black and White); and Warner Archive Collection has given us a more than perfect visual. If this film wasn't fully restored, then I'll eat my hat. Not to be missed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      101st Airborn and Bastogne

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I saw this movie as a kid on late night TV and loved it, Had it on VHS and DVD and now Blu-ray and it only got better. The clarity is excellent.. It is in B&W but the pictue is extremely sharp.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good old time war flick

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      gritty World war ii action. Old timers will enjoy the realism of war

      I would recommend this to a friend

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