Battle of the Bulge – 1965 – English
Synopsis: In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent this occurrence, Hitler orders an all out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp. “The Battle of the Bulge” shows this conflict from the perspective of an American intelligence officer as well as from a German Panzer Commander.
Review: For anyone who expects more accuracy than entertainment, it cannot be overlooked that the first order of any movie is to ENTERTAIN. This one delivers! From the scene with Robert Shaw and the Boston Creme Pie to the last stand misery of Telly Savalas who then gets to be a hero just as James MacArthur attains redemption; those realities of the human experience of war are universal, no matter how the story tells it. Even Quentin Tarantino doesn’t leave the audience without some sense of purpose…
You want mindless purposelessness? We all live that reality daily and thats what a movie offer you; escape for just a few short minutes from what we live; mostly Thoreau-ian quiet desperation. If anyone wants to criticize “chessy special effects” and historical inaccuracies, this movie still delivers on its first mission, and that is the main purpose of any film. I don’t need to see real King Tiger tanks to feel my entertainment meter is validated.
With so many self absorbed blurry actioned and pointless stories(and depressing) out there in the last 30 years that unfortunately still make money, this one stands the test of time to ENTERTAIN. The fact that the present movie going audience is even more baffooned now is a worse commentary on any criticisms of this film. The great acting no matter the apparent geographical and other license taken and criticized for inaccurate ENTERTAINS! The same could easily be said of Bridge On The River Kwai! That’s always the problem with movies of this sort. The reality of war is of course so brutal and cockholed that it is no wonder most veterans never talked about their experience; even their experience doesn’t a story. They might have spent most of their time in a frozen foxhole on top of the dead frozen body of some other GI; a story all in itself.
I loved this movie because instead of looking at my watch I was enjoying a well filmed movie that was a pleasure to watch! Grand panoramas( not likely possible in truly accurate depiction), with great action that moved along enough never to be boring. People forget movies are a visual experience, and this is a great one!