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The Lost Battalion (2001)

Ricky Schroder , Phil McKee , Russell Mulcahy  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ricky Schroder, Phil McKee, Jamie Harris, Jay Rodan, Adam James
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Writers: James Carabatsos
  • Producers: Avi Levy, David Craig, David Gerber, Michael Weisbarth, Romain Schroeder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U8F4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lost Battalion" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Bonus program from The History Channel: Dear Home: Letters from World War I
  • Rick Schroder biography and filmography

Editorial Reviews

October 5, 1918. The Germans gave them two options. Surrender. Or die. They choseia third.

It began on October 2nd, 1918, when the men of the U.S. Army's 77th Division, 308th Battalion were surrounded by German troops in the Argonne Forest. Without food, water or reserve ammunition, cut off from supply and communication lines, and subjected to constant assaults and bombardments, they managed to hold off the enemy until they were finally rescued after five days of desperate action.

This A&E Original Movie brings their harrowing ordeal to life. Directed by Russell Mulcahy (Ricochet, Highlander), The Lost Battalion stars Rick Schroeder (NYPD Blue, Crimson Tide) as Major Charles Whittlesey, the civilian-turned soldier who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for keeping his outnumbered troops alive and fighting in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

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167 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film!!! December 6, 2001
This is a true story about a relatively unknown event during World War I.
The film was done in the same style as Saving Private Ryan. When action was happening, the cameras were right there. Plenty of detail added to the authenticity. It is especially interesting for anyone that is familiar to the ways in which warfare was fought toward the end of WWI.
Bayonets! Man, I'd hate to have been a soldier at this time.... Some of the scenes are not for the squeamish. The film holds nothing back...
I have seen the film twice in the last three nights. I am still picking up information. In my opinion, the cast did an excellent job of bringing this film to life. Even from the German point of view, this must be a good film. The details in the trenches as well as the "no man's land"... The weapons used... It all makes for a good film.
It is a definite must for any collector of war films.
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162 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! February 8, 2004
In late 1918 WW1 was about to come to an end. The US, now fully involved in the war, participated in an offensive alongside the french in the Argonne forest. In typical first world war fashion, the modest gains of the offensive were ultimately lost as the allied forces simply withdrew back to their trenches. One battalion, however, comprised mostly of New Yorkers of the US 77th division, did not withdraw. Instead they advanced, held, and fought to the bitter end. This is the story of the lost battalion; the 308th.

AE really got this one right. Wonderfully scripted and with lots of attention to historical detail and accuracy, this film really comes off as more than just an AE original, but something worthy of a trip to the theater had it been there. The movie opens with new recruits coming in before the offensive. The fresh troops are indoctrinated quickly into the frightening world of trench warfare. Rick Shroder does an amazing Job as the Major in command of the 308th. Having been a lawyer back in NYC, he has no real taste for battle, and struggles with his supperiors over the danger posed to his men by the over-ambitious objectives given to them.

Once they are in the Argonne forest, and fail to retreat like thier comrads, they become unknowingly surrounded by the Germans. The commanders, amazed that the 308th is sitting right smack in the German center, decides to lie and tell them that the french are still on thier flank, and to hold at all costs. Thus begins a desperate fight for survival, as ammunition and food runs out, and as wave after wave of german counter attacks are repelled.

As the bodies pile up we are given glimpses into the personalities of these brave men.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a "Keeper!" June 24, 2006
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As an "old soldier" and a professor, I am not only a collector of war films representing all eras, but am a "student of war." In that role I am quite critical of all films in that genre, and I found "The Lost Battalion" to be practically flawless, which is indeed a rarity. The producers, director, and actors displayed a penchant for historical accuracy in this film, and provided rare glimpses of what it was "really like" during World War I.

There is a chilling reality throughout the film, to include how the war was seen and pursued from the lowliest fighting man through the top echelons of command, and even from the German perspective. Frankly, there are relatively few films that cover World War I very well, but this is clearly the very best. I feel that my collection - or anyone else's - of war films would be incomplete without "The Lost Battalion," as it is clearly the WWI equivalent of "Saving Private Ryan," and one of the best war films of all time.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We are not going backward May 14, 2005
Why does it seem that all the interesting stuff is coming from cable television nowadays? Russell Mulcahy's THE LOST BATTALION is a 2001 A&E production that tells the based-on-fact story of an American battalion - about 600 men - that became `lost' during an offensive operation in the Meuse-Argonne sector of France in 1918.

Rick Schroder plays Maj. Charles Whittlesey, a New York lawyer before the war broke out. Soft spoken and hidden behind a pair of wire framed glasses Schroder nails the part, conveying the character's strength with whispered stubbornness. By the end of the film, when one of the characters tell the Major his men would follow him anywhere (okay, there's a cliché or two in this one), we believe him. With its jittery camera amidst the men and relative absence of establishing shots LOST BATTALION is emotionally gripping, if at times a tad confusing and dizzying. In any event, the movie successfully renders the muck and grim of trench warfare, and delivers an exciting and grisly view of a war cursed with primitive communications yet possessed of highly developed means of mass slaughter.

The dvd also contains a 45-minute History Channel special, `Dear Home: Letters from WWI.' Employing archive footage, period photographs, voice actors and a great number of letters to and from the soldiers it's a nice, sometimes touching, introduction to US involvement in WWI. Both movie and special are highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film.
Published 8 days ago by EW Rafalske
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie about a slowly beginning to be forgotten time ...
This is the Unit my Grandfather was in during WW I, he was also "wounded-in-action and one of the few that were carried out". Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kryz72
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Wow, what an impact-full movie from a true story taken during World War I; this brings the account of what happened to this "lost" American battalion, trapped behind enemy... Read more
Published 21 days ago by IrishJackFlash
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Published 23 days ago by WILLIAM C. DOBBELS
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent depiction of war
Ricky Schroeder makes a surprisingly convincing officer fighting in a nearly hopeless setting.
Published 26 days ago by green chili reader
4.0 out of 5 stars He really enjoyed it.
This was a present for my husband. He really enjoys historical period films and felt this one was very good.
Published 29 days ago by Susan Kite
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie if it had been the right one on the disc!!
When we finally got time to watch this movie, it turned out to be another production from the History Channel about letters to home during world war 1 - even though it had Lost... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, worth to own
Published 1 month ago by Raul P. Martinez Millet
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Good movie and tribute to these heroes.
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