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Home of the Brave [Blu-ray]

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A psychiatrist treats a soldier paralyzed from the hips down after a World War II mission.

Product Details

  • Actors: James Edwards, Frank Lovejoy, Lloyd Bridges, Douglas Dick
  • Directors: Mark Robson
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IQAUO3O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on October 23, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Watched this one having read Donald Bogle's book and curious about James Edwards, MGM's first black leading man in the 1940s. Bogle paints Edwards as a dangerous rebel, skilled in New York acting techniques and like other newcomers to the screen, Brando and Clift, striving to bring a new realism to glossy studio confections. And in the period there seems to have been a shortlived interest in producing progressive, "social awareness" pictures that inevitably included racial struggle. All of the Hollywood studios made one or two apiece during a single year, and MGM turned out this one (along with INTRUDER IN THE DUST, an old fashioned, classic film compared to the B-movie innovations of HOME OF THE BRAVE). It is a curious piece of work, but Edwards' performance is transfigurative. He rips up the screen as Private Peter Moss, a black serviceman attached to a white volunteer platoon of engineers assigned to mao out a dangerous Pacific atoll at the height of World War II.

Blacks weren't integrated into the larger Armed Services, and only later would Harry Truman force the policy of integration down the army's throat, but of course there were individual liberals and "social conservatives" everywhere, even during the 1940s. Lloyd Bridges plays a boyhood friend of "Mossy," and he seems genuinely, even freakishly colorblind, not understanding why Moss has a problem being his friend. For him, racism doesn't exist except if individual people see it as a problem. His character, Finch, a warm volkstümlich type of guy, gets captured by the Japanese on the island and the rest of the platoon, in hiding while surveying. Were the Japanese so cruel as this movie makes them out to be?
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This is a great movie. This review does not reflect on the movie itself which is a 5 star movie. However the quality of both the audio and video of the dvd is terrible. It looks like a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy etc. Audio skips and is choppy at times. The video is of sub standard quality. The picture skips and or jumps at times. This dvd is essentialy a piece of junk and should not have been sold.
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I saw this film many years ago, and I have waited rather impatiently to see it again and share it with my wife and friends.
Every bit as good as I remembered, a thoroughly enjoyable, intense film to watch, and an important piece of cinema history.
The year is 1949…bigotry is addressed, PTSD is addressed (not by that name, of course) and a man of color has a leading role in a motion picture. This was a groundbreaking movie, most definitely.
The acting is outstanding by all members of the small cast. Perhaps the psychotherapy is oversimplified, and may even seem dated by our current standards, but depicting that sort of treatment for WWII vets, especially in 1949, is way ahead of its time. The video and auditory quality are fantastic. No extra features…too bad, because if ever a movie screamed out for an audio commentary by a film historian, this would be the one.
Perhaps not quite as powerful or important as "Gentleman's Agreement", or "The Best Years of Our Lives", but it's right up there…and that's saying something.
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In the introduction to one of his routines, Lenny Bruce expressed his hatred for the clichéd contrivances and sanctimoniousness of Hollywood message movies, but made one exception - Stanley Kramer and Mark Robson's Home of the Brave. Which seems particularly ironic today since in the intervening six-and-a-half decades the message has been handled much more impressively by other films and the film now seems at times ripe for parody in its naiveté and clumsiness: it's an undeniably important film, but it's often not a particularly good one. Arthur Laurents' original play dealt with anti-Semitism among front line soldiers, but with Crossfire changing its murdered homosexual into a murdered Jew two years earlier, screenwriter Carl Foreman opted to change the play's Jewish soldier who cracks up due to a toxic combination of what we now know as post-traumatic stress disorder and a lifetime of racist abuse into a black soldier instead. The change works well, but the film often doesn't: it does a reasonable job of hiding its very low budget (though the voices of the unseen Japanese soldiers taunting the G.I.s are laughably poor), but much of the dialogue is horribly on the nose (there's much talk of fried chicken and watermelon), the psychiatry diluted into layman's terms for a climactic miracle cure (though the film does at least threaten a relapse) and the optimistic ending feels awfully Hollywood.

What does still work, Jeff Corey's idealist Dr Irving D.
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The film re-enactment of the stage play was a break through for black actors as James Edwards portrayed an intelligent soldier who had developed a friendship growing up with a white teenager played by Lloyd Bridges. Sent on a mission to a Japanese held island to gather intelligence, the mission goes awry and Lloyd Bridges character is captured and tortured by the Japanese. James Edwards is forced to listen to the sounds of Bridges torture. The Americans escape, leaving Bridges behind and Edwards deeply scared by the experience. He is sent for psychartic care and under the influence of drug therapy re-lives growing up black with his white friend. In the end, the character played by Frank Lovejoy who has lost his arm and Edwards team up to work together by opening a bar in post war America, an early portent of blacks and whites being able to break out of traditional stereotypes.
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