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Immortal Sergeant

4.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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When a respected sergeant (Thomas Mitchell) dies while leading his patrol through the Libyan Desert, his shy Canadian corporal (Henry Fonda) must step up in order to get the soldiers back to safety. Starring Henry Fonda, Thomas Mitchell, and Maureen O'Hara. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Thomas Mitchell
  • Directors: John M. Stahl
  • Writers: Lamar Trotti
  • Producers: Lamar Trotti
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: 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:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHSVVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Immortal Sergeant" on IMDb

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By Dennis C. Clements on July 5, 2002
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This is one of the early World War II movies(1943). It is very well done and extremely entertaining. The story of the mild mannered soldier that is forced to take command in a very difficult situation is presented in such away that the viewer is enthralled with the character. Henry Fonda was perfect for the role and he brought the transformation from a weak timid man to a heroic soldier off with great finese. I loved this movie. If I had been in the audience in 1943, I would have rushed out and bought the war bonds that were advertised at the end of the film.
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"You know, if anything happens to me you're in command," says Sergeant Kelly (Thomas Mitchell) to Corporal Colin Spence (Henry Fonda). They're lost in the Libyan desert with only three gallons of petrol left for their remaining armored car, almost no water and a busted compass. Sergeant Kelly started out with Corporal Spence and twelve other men on a routine patrol. Three German fighters changed things. Now there's only Sergeant Kelly, Spence and four others.

"Nothing's going to happen to you, sergeant," Spence says. "I mean, it can't."

"It won't, lad, if I can help it. Still, if I stop a packet it's up to you to get this patrol back...and that's not an easy job."

"But I'm no leader," Spence says. "I haven't had the experience to take up a command like this with other men's lives depending on me. I can carry out orders but I can't give them. I'm just a civilian with a couple of chevrons on my sleeve."

The Immortal Sergeant tells us the story of Colin Spence, a small-town reporter from Canada in England, who is shy and not really able to accomplish the things he wants. Please note that while elements of the plot are discussed, the key elements are all described on the DVD case. It's obvious Valentine (Maureen O'Hara) loves him but he just can't seem to recognize the signals. Just before he enlists, she and Colin meet an old friend of Colin's at a party. Benedict (Reginald Gardner) is now a famous war correspondent. "Good old Colin. I tell you this lad has a head on his shoulders," says Benedict to Valentine. "I'm afraid he's a little bit too self-effacing for the times, though. You know, like the good old democracies. Nice, but a little bit too civilized for his own good, eh Colin?" Benedict smoothly moves in on Valentine and Colin can only look on.
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Henry Fonda stars as timid Canadian writer Colin Spence who enlists in the British Army during World War II. Living in London, becomes inspired to join the war effort leaving behind his girlfriend Valentine played by Maureen O'Hara to the amorous advances of love rival and journalist Joe Benedict played by a dapper Reginald Gardiner. Interestingly Fonda completed the filming of the movie just prior to the commencement his own wartime service,

Fonda who has risen to the rank of corporal is fighting the Italians in the Libyan desert. His mild mannered nature finds him eschewing command all the while learning at the elbow of respected veteran platoon leader Sgt. Kelly played by Irish American character actor Thomas Mitchell. When a desert fire fight leaves his platoon decimated, Fonda and Mitchell must lead the lost survivors through the sweltering desert sands. When another battle claims the respected Mitchell, Fonda is forced to assume command to save himself and his 3 remaining men.

Fonda exhibiting leadership and heroism is spurred on reminded of the words of the beloved Sgt. Kelly. He leads a well conceived suicide mission during a raging sandstorm, against a large contingent of Germans guarding an oasis which harbors the sole source of life sustaining water. His experience matures him into a man worthy of command and the hand of the girl he left behind.

This film completed in the midst of the darker days of WWII evoked a strong sense of realism and patriotism without overly cranking up the propaganda, typical of films of this time.
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Henry Fonda did a great job in this early World War II film where he portrays a Canadian corporal who suddenly finds himself in charge of a combat patrol in the Sahara desert when their sergeant dies. The title refers to the late sergeant, whose words of wisdom occasionally come to Fonda's mind throughout the film as Fonda is deciding what to do now that he is the leader. The central focus in the film is the corporal's character as he evolves from someone who is unsure of himself and lacks confidence to becoming a mature person and able soldier who finds the inner strength to be a decisive and effective leader.
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As war movies go this is pretty much your basic War propaganda from the World War II era. Henry Fonda stars as a Canadian Corporal who takes charge of what is left over after his Patrol was shot up and his Sergeant is killed. It's not a realistic movie by any means, but it's mildly entertaining and Henry Fonda always manages to make even mediocre movies just a little bit better.
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HENRY FONDA plays a reluctant hero. The film is smart, interesting, dramatic, and has a surprise or two. If you like WAR MOVIES this one won't disappoint you. FONDA shows again he was one of the BEST ACTORS WHO EVER LIVED.
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