• Sax Von Stroheim

    ★★★★

    Director Edward Dmytryk does the smart thing and directs with a light, hands-off touch, in order to let his three stars shine: Dean Martin flexes his acting muscles, proving he's more than just the straight man to Jerry Lewis. Marlon Brando's character is written with a certain degree of subtlety, but Brando goes bombastic and cartoonish, hinting at performances to come. Montgomery Clift is just flawless.

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  • Sven Rump

    ★★★★½

    Episodic wartime epic that was not the conventional war film I somehow had expected. Brando as a German took (me at least) some getting used to, but Clift and Martin’s characters were just spot on (okay so Dean plays a popular singer, so that isn’t that big of a stretch) and as the film progressed it all started to work even better. An underrated film these days, but very well worth checking out.

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  • Drew Choiniere

    ★★

    The Young Lions (58): Faux profound bifurcated tale of unlikely soldiers during WWII. Neither Brando nor Clift has ever been more adrift or self-conscious. Even quieter moments of brilliance are bogged down by an unrelenting running time. Good score. C

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  • mukarjee

    ★★★½

    A classic.
    Stands up real well.

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  • kmeaston

    ★★★

    The attraction here of course is to see both Clift and Brando in the same film. However, they share no scenes, and the film itself is too long and disjointed to be a classic.

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  • Eric Marcy

    ★★

    disappointing. disjointed and unfocused. brando has a horrendous german accent but is still the most compelling thing in the film. had it cut the americans out entirely, and focused on his character’s continued delusions of denying his complicity in the horror of nazi germany (from a position of safety) this would have been fascinating.
    the best sequence is when brando, as part of the afrika korps, devises an attack plan depicted as massacre. brando staunchly refuses to participate in the…

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  • Jenna Ipcar

    ★★★½

    Well gee whiz, this movie had everything I could have wanted: too-cool-for-war Dean Martin and hot-Nazi Brando. Actually, this was a great movie to compare old and new acting styles against. Brando really stands out as a breath of fresh air in comparison to everybody else in this, which isn't to say everybody else was bad but he just has this great way of getting in small gestures and "um"s and just these little human things that are just fascinating.…

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  • Goodwin

    ★★★½

    Thoroughly entertaining would-be epic has many good moments and performances but seems a little under-plotted in retrospect considering its length and how little actually happens on screen. Apolitical German ski instructor Marlon Brando is oblivious to the evil of his country's regime as he unsuccessfully tries to bed visiting American Barbara Rush in a prewar prelude, then captures a few French soldiers before trying unsuccessfully trying to bed a French widow during the Springtime for Hitler. Marlon recoils from the…

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  • Morgan ☔️

    ★★★★

    I liked it but it was very long. And Marlon Brando's hair was ridiculous. But I think that Montgomery Clift was a phenomenal actor and Dean Martin is usually fun so I quite enjoyed the parts that focused more on the American troops.

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  • John Stanek

    ★★★½

    This movie was nominated for 3 Oscars. It stars Marlon Brando, Montgomery Cliff and Dean Martin. It is a story about three soldiers, 1 German and two Americans and how their lives changed during WWII. The acting was great as well as the story line. The movie is a definite must see.

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  • russman

    ★★★

    None of these leads qualified for the Young Lions Cup

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  • sydney

    ★★★★

    marlon brando please don’t go platinum blonde ever again.

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