2020-02-08 20:52:22 UTC
Fairly long film is easier to take than the 1930 version. From that one the souped up teacher was memorable but I prefer the more layed back approach to battle presented in this version..less melodramatic. Richard Thomas is acceptable in the lead role, Ernest Borgnine good as the old hand of the platoon. Never felt the participants to be German but the spirit of the situation does come through.
Photographed in a manner not to engender suspense or horror or squalor I still was able to sense the POV of the novel in that wars are something inflicted on the common man.
While never " graphic " there's enough of a sense of death and dying to get its points across. 7-/10 4 more years nots