The Young Lions
Irwin Shaw's monumental best-seller
The Young Lions follows the lives of three soldiers: one German and two Americans, paralleling their experiences in World War II until they meet up at the end for a confrontation
Although this is nearly three hours long, the time seemed to fly past as I watched this epic WWII film.
I'm not the world's biggest Brando fan, but I was charmed by his performance as the doomed German soldier. It took a while for me to warm up to Clift's performance as the Jewish GI, but I found his work compelling. Dean Martin was impressive throughout.
I was very taken with how the film presented its story following three major characters across three continents and six years, but I was never lost. Hats off to Edward Dmytryk for helming such a complex project so skillfully.
A pretty good drama/war film extremely long but diffident than your usual one sided movie about how awesome Americans are and how evil the the Nazis.
"Three soldiers are followed through the course of WW2 - two Americans and one German - and their changing views of the war are shown. The film shows the main German character (played by Brando) in a surprisingly sympathetic manner, considering that it was so near to the end of the war. Thought-provoking."