A Walk in the Sun

A Walk in the Sun

Downloadable Video - 1945
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American soldiers hit the beach at Salerno and begin their trek across the countryside toward the Nazi-occupied farmhouse they've been ordered to destroy. These are infantrymen who aren't thinking about fighting bravely enough to become officers...just living long enough to become civilians! One of the National Board of Reviews' "Ten Best" of 1945, this realistic look at men in war was directed by the legendary Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front).
Publisher: [United States] :, Kit Parker Films :, Made available through hoopla,, 1945.
ISBN: 9781557395931
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 117 min.)) :,sound, color.
data file, rda
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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Oct 04, 2012

Warning to action lovers: the title is A Walk In the Sun, not The Guns of Testosterone. The film wants to depict average soldiers on an average day, and it gets a lot right: the boredom alternating with terror, the nervous chatter and the exhausted silence. Unfortunately, it was made in 1945-1946, when the social realist formula had not been perfected, and there are clunky, theatrically overwritten moments. The music is also a mixed bag: Errol Flynn-ish, derring-do, combined with draggy blues and negro spirituals. These choices were well-meant, but unfortunate for a modern audience, who may notice there are no black people in this film. As always, I had a crush on Richard Conte, and Dana Andrews is pretty. EXTRAS: The use of "lovin'" as a substitute for another word, frequently used by soldiers and sailors.

voisjoe1 Sep 11, 2011

Some say the best B&W WWII movie. I found it to be a little too wordy and boring.

I could see that some would think it is great, but not my cup of tea.

aaa5756 Jul 07, 2011


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