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The destiny of three soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian Diestl approves less and less of the war. Jewish-American Noah Ackerman deals with antisemitism at home and in the army while entertainer Michael Whiteacre transforms from playboy to hero.Written by
According to TCM, this was Dean Martin's 2nd film after his break with long-time partner Jerry Lewis, perhaps more significantly, it was his first dramatic film role. Martin connected with co-star Montgomery Clift, they became friends, and Clift, one of the most respected actors of his generation helped Martin with his role. They ran lines together, and then during the party sequence when he sensed Martin was nervous, Clift hid under the piano and began tickling Martin's leg, until he had a laughing fit, it was all done to loosen Martin up. Martin nicknamed Clift, Spider, because of the extravagant gestures Clift would make when he talked. See more »
The opening title states it's New Year's Eve 1938 in Bavaria, yet at the stroke of 12, the baby comes out with a sash that says 1938 - when it should read 1939. See more »
Look, I've read all the books. I know that in 10 years we'll be bosom friends with the Germans and the Japanese. Then I'll be pretty annoyed that I was killed.
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I've always liked The Young Lions because it has the best explanation for the phenomenon that was Nazism in Germany. Always the question is asked how did they come to power? At the beginning with Marlon Brando romancing vacationing Barbara Rush in Bavaria on New Year's Eve, he provides one of the most lucid explanations of why people would choose to follow Adolph Hitler. It is one of Brando's finest moments on screen.
At the time of course he didn't know he was romancing the main squeeze of Dean Martin who with Montgomery Clift play the two American soldiers who's stories and growth as human beings is told. Martin is a Broadway musical comedy entertainer and Clift is just a department store clerk at Macy's who meet by chance at the draft board. Martin is trying to dodge the draft, Clift is fatalistically accepting what comes. Martin proves to be a man of far more character than we first think. Clift is a Jew and a man who with enough reason to be going to war against Hitler, has to deal with anti-Semitism here in America.
Clift and Martin's stories are told alternately with that of Brando and also Maximilian Schell. This was Schell's first appearance in an American production and he scores well as a proud Nazi officer. Let us just say that he gets quite a comeuppance all around during the course of this war he was so proud to be part of.
The two male actors who are always cited as the rebel heroes of post World War II America are Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. Too bad in their one film together they didn't exchange any dialog. Still I can't praise a film like The Young Lions too highly.
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