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The Men (1951)

Marlon Brando , Teresa Wright , Fred Zinnemann  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane, Jack Webb, Richard Erdman
  • Directors: Fred Zinnemann
  • Writers: Carl Foreman
  • Producers: Georges Glass, Stanley Kramer
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000EYUEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Men" on IMDb

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: UN
Release Date: 16-DEC-2003
Media Type: DVD

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brando's First Film October 24, 2000
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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic drama about the aftermath of war 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brando's first film! 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brando In "The Men"... A Legendary Film Star Is Born... October 30, 2007
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What War is really all about... 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marlon's best movie ever ... May 18, 2011
By Peg D.
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Everyone raves about Streetcar, but this one has always been my favorite. Marlon has never looked better than in this movie and I think his acting was a sign of how great he would become. My absolute favorite.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the men August 2, 2005
I was impressed with this movie when I fist saw it in the 50's I have been a Brando admirer ever since . Over the past 50 years I have seen all of his movies more than once. The Men has a great message , I recommend it to all my friends .

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars marlen brando great actor May 21, 2013
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Great classic to watch in your home theater.marlon brando was a great actor in his time. Many more great movies to choose from.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Moving, Rarely Shown film
Deeply moving depiction of the aftermath of war. The use of genuine paraplegics adds verisimilitude to this film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Regina Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Tracy Ebeling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
I saw this movie years ago when it was first released and saw it with my boyfriend, later, to become my husband. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Beverly J. Elson
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Known Gem
As a Veteran Service Officer I was interested in this film as a historical reference piece. I was pleasantly surprised to find it a much better and accurate exposé on the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by amshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Brando's First Film, "The Men", Is A Lost Gem
This is an excellent movie about a wounded vet dealing with the physical and psychological repercussions of his injury and the return to civilian life - a subject that still has... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jon Wynia
5.0 out of 5 stars Marlon Brando Is Stunning!
Marlon shines in his first feature film and this is one of my all time favorite Brando movies. An amazing job as a recovering paraplegic.
Published 20 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars What this movie represents TODAY
I have to say if you do not watch this movie and understand how important the meanind of this film is, you never knew a veteran. Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by AlanK
4.0 out of 5 stars FRED ZINNEMANN, OPUS 10
A Stanley Kramer production directed by Fred Zinnemann starring the newcomer Marlon Brando. What a program! Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by Daniel S.
4.0 out of 5 stars first Brando movie
Touching even though it is a little predictable. Supposed to be Marlon Brando's first movie. Watching the soldier evolved really holds your interest.
Published on August 11, 2011 by david dietrich
4.0 out of 5 stars THE MEN
Nice story about ex combat veterans and how they have to face their toughest enemy, the wheelchair. An enemy they can't fight against with force of arms. Read more
Published on July 15, 2010 by OLDEBREED
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