Battle of the Bulge ★★★½

Historically inaccurate to the point of absurdity but who cares when you've got bizarro plot threads like Robert Shaw -- for all intents and purposes the main character -- as a committed Nazi soldier struggling both with an inept military bureaucracy and his own demoralized troops, Henry Fonda: Battle Detective, Telly Savalas playing a black-marketeer named "Guffy", and a lengthy men-on-a-mission subplot about the bad guys? That's not even bringing up the tremendous toy tank action on display here, nor the long stretches of this that play out in dialogue between two morally conflicted parties. Parts of it are downright Tarantino-esque.