The Men

The Men

DVD - 2003
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A war veteran paralyzed in combat returns home and finds he will never walk again, bitterly refusing to see his fiancé. She must force him to confront reality and break his physical and emotional confinement. When feeling starts to return to his legs, it could be his last hope, or final downfall
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Republic Pictures : Distributed by Artisan Home Entertainment, c2003
Edition: Full screen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 017153145861

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Nursebob
Apr 16, 2016

Despite some soap opera dramatics and Teresa Wright’s syrupy sweet performance as the dutiful fiancée, this is a surprisingly frank (for the time) depiction of life after paralysis which not only touches on issues of depression, anger, and prejudice but also manages a few roundabout references to sexual frustration and caregiver burnout. Even the quotidian struggle with incontinence is addressed as each man dutifully reports his hits and misses to the attending doctors. In his movie debut Marlon Brando already exhibits the onscreen intensity which would soon make him a movie icon leaving the rest of the cast—many of them actual patients from the local VA hospital—to provide a colourful counterbalance of jovial camaraderie and, in one case, momentous tragedy. Thankfully, director Fred Zinnemann and producer Stanley Kramer keep the Hollywood gloss to a minimum presenting us with an ending which falls just short of “happily ever after”.

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akirakato
Apr 14, 2016

This is a 1950 American drama directed by Fred Zinnemann.
It tells the story of a World War II lieutenant who is seriously injured in combat and the struggles he faces as he attempts to re-enter society.
The film marked Marlon Brando’s feature film debut.
Embittered by his condition, he refuses to see his fiancée and sinks into a solitary world of hatred and hostility.
Fighting the wishes of her parents, the coldness of a guilt-ridden society and her own self-doubts, it is Ellen (his fiancée played by Teresa Wright) who must force him to confront the reality of his condition.
Superb are the performances of Marlon Brando and Teresa Wright.
It is a gripping, emotionally-charged and thought-provoking serious drama.

7duffy Jun 23, 2014

Interesting movie, considering what we know of Brando now and this being his first movie. You can see the talent is there, but it is almost understated. In the story, Brando plays 2nd fiddle to Jack Webb and other cast members at times and I guess that makes it interesting, his shifting between a supporting and leading character, especially at this point in his career.

voisjoe1 Dec 22, 2013

“The Men” (1950) is the first film starring Marlon Brando, considered by many to be the best actor in American cinematic history. This film was released two years after Brando became a sensation on Broadway for his amazing portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” In “The Men,” Brando plays a soldier suffering from wounds that made him a paraplegic. While his acting is pretty good, it is not yet outstanding like it would be in “Streetcar.” Perhaps the “Streetcar” material and the "Streetcar" director Elia Kazan brought out true Brando greatness for the first time on film.

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