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Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront) set the mark for a brilliant career in The Men, his film debut. Brando plays an ex-WWII GI, Ken who returns home after he's paralyzed in battle. Residing the paraplegic ward of a veteran's hospital and embittered by his condition, he refuses to see his fianc‚e (Teresa Wright) and sinks into a solitary world of hatred and hostility. Head physician, Dr. Brock (Everett Sloane) cajoles the withdrawn Ken into the life of the ward, where fellow patients Norm (Jack Webb), Leo (Richard Erdman) and Angel (Arthur Jurado) begin to pull him out of his spiritual miasma. High Noon writing and directing greats, Carl Foreman (The Guns of Navarone), and Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) worked together for the first time in this rousing drama nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscarr. Produced by the great Stanley Kramer (Inherit the Wind) with a haunting score by the legendary composer, Dimitri Tiomkin (Rio Bravo).


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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane, Jack Webb, Richard Erdman
  • Directors: Fred Zinneman
  • Writers: Carl Foreman
  • Producers: Stanley Kramer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BNH9NLG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "lecorel@hotmail.com" on October 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Fred Zinnemann finally came up with a script that Marlon Brando liked enough to leave the stage and head for Hollywood. And the rest is history. That script turned out to be The Men. Brando is Bud, a parapoliegic shot in WWII and recovering in a veterans hospital. Unfortunatly there is no hope for Bud ever walking again, a fact he refuses to except. This movie is an interesting character study. Brando shows here why he would become the most influential actor of the last half century. He briliantly depicts a man at tremendous odds with himself. The supporting cast of characters, Teresa Wright(Bud's love interest), the doctors, and the men in the hospital, are well cast. Fans of character driven dramas and Brando fans should get a kick out of this film.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
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This film was Marlon Brando's first staring role in a film, and he provides a masterful performance as a veteran with a spinal cord injury who is coming to grips with his changed life. His faithful wife who displays great courage in sticking with her man through a very difficult time is also well acted. A little melodramatic, as many early 1950's films were, but very realistic. Based on the true story of the first US SCI veterans who were discharged out of the hospital to return home after WW II, it was filmed at a veterans hospital and some of the extras are actual patients at the center. The physician is based on Ernst Bors, MD who is considered the father of SCI care in the USA, and who worked in this field in the VA healthcare system for another 35 years.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2002
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Marlon Brando's performance alone makes the movie worth watching. His sensitivity to the character's pain is so visible that it's just touching to see. It's a great start to the unforgetable legend's film career. I really enjoyed it simply because of Brando. So if you don't particually care for him, then it's not really worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LadyWriter on October 30, 2007
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This is where it all started...Marlon Brando's one-of-a-kind film legacy...

Marlon's performance in "The Men" demonstrates his natural talent - a talent that is now the legacy of the greatest actor of all time. His remarkable performance in "The Men" drew me in immediately. I could not take my eyes off of him. His demeanor, his facial expressions, and the way he spoke reminded me somewhat of his screen test for "Rebel Without A Cause." He is sweet, tender, ambivalent, unassuming, and somewhat emotionally injured - much as I believe he was in his life off of the screen as well. There is nobody I have seen on stage or screen who can achieve such a delicate and perfect balance of emotion or elicit the kinds of emotions he does in others through his performances as Marlon did in the roles he has played on stage and screen.

I have 36 Marlon Brando films in my collection, many of which I have watched several times. But, I have never been able to bring myself to watch "The Men" until very recently. I am a nurse and I have seen first hand that which Marlon's character, "Bud," faced after becoming a paraplegic as the result of an injury. In my work, it has weighed on me at times that, although I possess some medical expertise and although I can contribute to helping a person back to optimal health following a tragedy, I am still not able to wave a magic wand and turn his reality into a dream from which he will awaken.

I knew what "The Men" was about and with having become very familiar with Marlon Brando's realistic and poignant portrayals of people on film such as his portrayal in this film, I expected that my insides would be torn asunder. And, they were. Marlon portrayed it as it truly was and is. In the beginning, "Bud" is afraid to live while also being afraid to die.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Selitrenny on August 31, 2007
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Marlon Brando (very, very young in this one) in his first major movie role really shines and shows us why cameras always loved him.

Just a glimpse of his eye, and you guess what he's thinking.
What an actor!

The movie is a very short tale of a soldier wounded in battle, who returning home discovers that he has lost a limb.

The real battle ensues from then on. Will he be able to survive the ordeal? Will he be able to still have a normal life among people?

"The Men" is an ageless movie, still valid nowadays as it was back then, in the 50's.

Solid story, solid actors, straight storyline, non-obtrusive score, make this a tiny masterpiece in its own right.

The transfer on DVD is astonishingly excellent, as is its sound. The Black & White image is crisp and clear.

I can only remmond it to all the fans of Marlon Brando, as well as those who never saw him in one of his earliest roles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Get Serious on December 1, 2014
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Perhaps one of the best military/war screenplays ever written! Brando does reasonably well in his first film in trying to convey what's really going on in the mind of a paraplegic. This is the only film Jack Web has ever done in which I could stand him, as he also does well. Having been through this myself with years in physical therapy I understand both sides of the equation...the frustration of the wounded man vs. the acceptance by the population to whom he returns. All of this was dependent upon which war the veteran fought in. In WWI, war veterans were basically ignored by the American population, since such a small percentage of the overall population went to Europe. In asking for non-existent benefits in Washington, DC; lawmakers bayoneted WWI vets all the way out of town, in thanking them for their service. In WWII, the VA care and Veteran's benefits were the highest ever, as almost the entire country fought and Congress was actually afraid of what might happen if millions of war-savy vets were dissatisfied. Korean veterans were also totally ignored. Viet Nam veterans were spit on, ridiculed, refused employment and given miniscule GI Bill benefits for their miserable service in hell. Many were left to rot in their own feces in the non-caring VA of the time. Middle Eastern conflict veterans received better VA treatment and miniscule GI Bills. Today's underfunded Veteran's Administration is riddled with corruption, long waiting lists of needy veterans and poor service. Congress is busy starting new wars all around the planet for maximum corporate profit; oblivious and uncaring of the scarred and broken human beings they manufacture.Read more ›
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