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Battle Cry

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Van Heflin, Aldo Ray and Tab Hunter in Raoul Walsh's hard-hitting-action epic of Marine Corps heroism in the WWII Pacific, based on Leon Uris' gritty best-seller. Year: 1955

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  • Actors: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson, James Whitmore
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Writers: Leon Uris
  • Producers: Raoul Walsh, Jack L. Warner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese Chinese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008MTY7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle Cry" on IMDb

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 10, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
It is surprising how a sprawling war film like this contains so little action. But, don't be disappointed. This film focuses on characterization and characters are plentiful be they ever so stereotypical. James Whitmore as Sgt. Mac, Aldo Ray, Tab Hunter, L. Q. Jones and Perry Lopez as Marine recruits and Dorothy Malone, Anne Francis and Nancy Olsen as their love interests all give standout performances. Max Steiner's patriotic and rousing score is in its full glory. This film is high on good old-fashioned sentimental entertainment. By the film's end the viewer comes to realize many of the sacrifices that were made during this time in history and some of the gloss wears off. As an aside, a deceased acquaintance of mine who served in the US Army 1st Division during the Second World War from North Africa, D-Day to Germany's surrender, found this film to be the best representation of W.W.II military life. That was an exceptional compliment and recommendation for this film from a veteran who was not a Marine and one who fought in the European theatre. This is a good film. This VHS recording sounds very good in stereo.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. S. HARDEN VINE VOICE on May 24, 2007
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War Double Feature: Battle Cry/Battleground is a good value for the

money. For those involved, gritty performances, good scenes of humor,

angst, and pain. I stumbled onto Battle Cry on Cable late over several

nights, and just couldn't get through the whole movie (what can I say?

I have to work so I can buy these DVD's!!). So, I purchased it for

$10/US. The fact that "BattleGround" was an extra was a bonus in my book!

Finally, as my Dad was an World War II and Korea Army Infantry Man, I

know that he would have gotten "a kick" out of the close-order drilling

displayed in the movie. The guys in the scenes in both movies were on their job!!

My rating: Five stars!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on May 9, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie had a great influence on me when I was young. When I first saw it I was in the age of trying to understand how to be a man. Of course it had to do with being tough. And of course it had to do with being able to fight. And of course it had to do with being able to get the girl.

This movie puts a group of young Marines through boot camp, has them wait and warm up for the war in Australia, and then sends them into combat. Their tough Sergeant Mac ( James Whitmore) who is the narrator of the story tells it all from beginning to end. Their Commanding office Highpockets Huxley(Van Heflin) leads them with a discipline and demandingness. One of the most impressive scenes of the movie has to do with their training march in which bruised and pained they hike for thirty or forty miles or more , and end up singing a song which resounds in my ears to this day."I'm just like a prairie flower, honey, honey, I'm just like a prairie flower, babe, babe. I'm just like a prairie flower, growing wilder by the hour. Honey, Oh baby , mine. Go to your left your right, your left. Go to your left your right. Your left'.

After the training they go into combat in the Pacific,those who have made it through, go home .

Years later from another continent in another country whose Army I have been a part of, though I was never really a combat soldier in it, I think how far even in mind and dream my own life and sense of manhood have come , from the image of the Gyrenes presented in this outstanding and highly enjoyable movie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T O'Brien on November 28, 2008
Format: DVD
Based on a novel by Leon Uris, Battle Cry tries to show the life of a Marine outside of the action. In the months following Pearl Harbor, thousands of young Americans volunteer in the armed forces ready to be trained as soldiers. In the Marines, a veteran sergeant, Mac, begins the work of turning a squad of these young boys into battle-ready men who won't think twice about killing. The movie follows the training and the personal lives of Mac's communication squad, especially their relationships with wives, girlfriends and each other, all the while as the Allies island-hop across the Pacific. The scenes of Marines interacting with the women they like/love work pretty well, but that's not my complaint here. Uris' novel had very effective battle scenes, but in the movie they're glossed over with 20-30 seconds of narration. Characters we're supposed to care about are killed off-screen with barely a mention or a throwaway comment to explain it. It's disappointing because the movie had a lot of potential to go for the huge war epic it wants to be. Still, there's enough to recommend here, especially the cast.

Leading a strong ensemble cast, Van Heflin plays Major Sam Huxley, the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Division who pushes his men to the limit, all the time fighting to give them a chance to prove themselves in battle. Underrated Aldo Ray gives one of his all-time best performances as Pfc. Andy Hookens, a young lumberjack who never saw much good in a long-term relationship with women but falls hard for a widow in New Zealand. James Whitmore has a part he was born to play, similar to his role in the much better Battleground, as Mac, the tough sergeant leading a group of inexperienced youngsters who he must turn into Marines.
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