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Movies: “The Victors”

Dec. 19, 1963 - Opening today is “The Victors,” a British-American black-and-white war film written, produced, and directed by Carl Foreman, who wrote the award-winning films “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957) and “High Noon” (1952). The film’s all-star cast includes Vincent Edwards, Albert Finney, George Hamilton, Melina Mercouri, Jeanne Moreau, George Peppard, and Eli Wallach. Mr. Foreman has called the film a “personal statement” about the futility of war. The film follows a group of U.S. soldiers through Europe during World War II — from Britain in 1942, through the fierce fighting in Italy and the landing at Normandy, to the uneasy peace of occupied Berlin. The screenplay was adapted from a collection of short stories called “The Human Kind” by English author Alexander Baron, based upon his own wartime experiences. The British characters were changed to Americans in order to appeal to American audiences.


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