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Product Details

  • Actors: Cliff Robertson, Beau Bridges, Peter Strauss, Robert Ryan, Walter Abel
  • Directors: Delbert Mann
  • Writers: Edward Everett Hale, Sidney Carroll
  • Producers: Norman Rosemont
  • Format: Color, EP, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • VHS Release Date: February 28, 1992
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302362865
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At his court-martial, an American Army officer renounces his country. For his punishment he is ordered to spend the rest of his life on a ship that sails all over the world, but he will never be allowed to set foot on his country's soil. nor come within site of it, nor be allowed to know anything about the country

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Fafnyr on December 29, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
It's a pity this isn't out on DVD so more people could see it. A long time ago, Edward Everett Hale's story "The Man Without A Country" was a standard part of public education. I was fortunate enough to have a teacher that had her class read the story, memorize (yes, memorize) the poem it contained, and then watch the movie. Although not as powerful as the literary work, the movie did serve to reinforce a number of the messages in the story. I was glad to see that it is still commercially available and have added it to my own collection.

The short synopsis of the story is that Philip Nolan, an officer in the US Army throws in with Aaron Burr in an abortive rebellion. He is tried for treason and found guilty and in a fit of pique Nolan exclaims that he wishes he would never hear mention of the United States ever again. He is granted that wish through perpetual confinement aboard various US Naval vessels. It is during this confinement that he discovers how much home and country really mean to him. Anyone who has ever spent a large span of time away from their country will find that they can relate to what Nolan goes through.

In today's political climate, the movie and story would probably be viewed as jingoist, but there's something to be said for the idea that a person's country should be important in his or her life. I recommend the movie, but buy an anthology with the story in it as well so you can compare the author's intent with the cinematic translation.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Eaton on December 16, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Did anyone who wrote a review actually watch this movie? It is an awesome program with a terrific message! I taught 8th grade and used this for years to show how powerful words can be. Philip Nolan, in a moment of passion, wished he would never have to hear the name of his country again. He got his wish and lived his life never hearing or seeing the name of his country. Even the mention of it was removed from all newspapers. If you want a movie that has a powerful message, this is it. It is not a modern film to be sure, but it certainly ought to make one think.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Perhaps Cliff Robertson's best role as Phillip Nolan, the "man without a country". Overall, solid but not extraordinary - the film moves slowly, the dialog is occasionally stilted, the supporting cast is workman-like adequate. Yet Robertson's excellent performance makes the film worth seeing - an excellent character study.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vloeberghs on July 1, 2005
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It is really a pity that this film is not availebel in the UK or on DVD, I saw the film as a young girl and want to see it again but cant find it anywhere, Iam living in Belgium so if anyone can help, because this is one of the most beautifull films I ever saw!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Hall on June 6, 2007
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Man without A country is an extremely powerful story of a patriot with great passion and love of his country and gross injustice inflicted upon him by the court system as punishment for making a what we would today call a politically incorrect statement.

It is also the story of another young patriot who at great risk to his military career righted the injustice by acting according to courage, conviction and concience inspite of the dictates of a court mandate.

Comparably, today living in an era of litigation courageous acts of decency are indeed dangerous to those who are brave enough to make a decision to do the decent thing. The story holds universal truths which are as significant today as they were in the 19th century.
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