Attack Review

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A angry solider takes matters into his own hands when an incompetant CO causes the deaths of several men.


Predating Kubrick's Paths of Glory, this tough, hard-hitting World War II drama refuses - until a censor-mandated fade-out - to take the easy route.

It was always acceptable to make anti-war movies, but here Robert Aldrich makes one of Hollywood's rare anti-army movies, as hatchet-faced hero Jack Palance becomes a vengeful martyr because a politically ambitious colonel (Lee Marvin) keeps a quivering, bullying drunk (Eddie Albert) in a command position that consistently gets better men killed.

Based on a play, it has great verbal confrontations, but Aldrich also does outstanding battle carnage, notably a duel between Palance and a German tank.

One of Hollywood's most important war movies.