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A Wonderful Film About Relationships and The Impact of Oncoming War
on June 30, 2017
Like many people, I often read the book if I enjoy the movie. Vice versa, if I enjoy the movie, I often read the book. As a fan of classic movies, I enjoyed the movie set right before WWII. The movie followed the book closely. It's a bit longer than needed, but that sort of writing was popular in the '40s & '50s.
Private Prewitt is an exceptionally good boxer. However, his days in the ring are ended after he seriously injures a friend during a sparring match. He's transferred to a rifle company and wants to prove his merit seeing how he's been a bugler most of his time in the service. When the company commander (CO) insists on Prewitt joining the company boxing team, Prewitt refuses on moral grounds.
Thus begins an endless period of physical and mental 'treatment' (what we call hazing today). The CO is determined to have his way, and puts things in the hands of Sergeant Warden, a career soldier like Prewitt, only with actual combat experience versus most others. Prewitt makes friends with most of the platoon soldiers, minus those on the boxing team who bully him. He meets a woman, a working woman, he falls in love with, but before things fall into place, December 7, 1941 befalls them and their lives are forever changed.
As a fan of Clift and Lancaster, this is one of their best, if not one of THE best films ever made. I keep this in my collection and watch from time to time, always catching something new. Frank Sinatra is outstanding in his role, too!