20. War

  1. Drew Casper

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch20

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

How to Cite

Casper, D. (2011) War, in Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch20

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, School of the Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188272

Online ISBN: 9781444395242



  • the war film, origins in nineteenth-century theatrical “panoramas” - accounting for among the A and dwindling B ranks from TCF (Back Door to Hell, 1964) and UA;
  • classical strategies repeated, display of courage and persistence - despite insurmountable odds;
  • prisoner-of-war cycle, routine - Frank Sinatra as a flinty US colonel obtaining concessions for prisoners in an Italian camp, leading them in an escape in Von Ryan's Express, TCF, 1965);
  • issues emanating from Lumet's The Hill (MGM, 1965) - Ray Rigby's own autobiographical account of being imprisoned in a North African military detention camp;
  • The Bridge at Remagen (UA, 1969), unfolding the sortie over the last bridge of the Rhine - from sides of the Allies and Nazis;
  • The splicing with male melo - two watchable 1966 roadshow attractions from Fox;
  • demythologized war film, 1950s staple continuing - with The Victors (C, 1963), ex-blacklisted p/d/w Carl Foreman's stacked reworking of Alexander Baron's 1953 novel;
  • three allegories, showing war's meaninglessness - while commenting indirectly on Vietnam;
  • None but the Brave (WB, 1965) - crash-landed a group of marines on a remote South Pacific island, where a Japanese platoon had been stranded