The Barefoot Battalion (1953)

To xypolyto tagma (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War | 28 May 1954 (USA)
A young survivor of WWII and former member of the reputed "Barefoot Battalion", a close-knit pack of disciplined orphaned boys, recounts the story of the one hundred sixty orphans who aided the Resistance, to a homeless street urchin.


Gregg G. Tallas (as Gregg C. Tallas)


Nico Katsiotes (screenplay), Nico Katsiotes (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Maria Kosti ... Alexandra
Nikos Fermas ... Captain Mavros
Vasileios Fragedakis ... Andreas
Antonis Voulgaris ... Nikos (as Antonios Voulgaris)
Stavros Krozos ... Dimitris (Kid)
Kaiti Gini ... Martha
Evangelos Giotopoulos Evangelos Giotopoulos ... Iakovos
Manolis Rigas Manolis Rigas ... Professor
Georgios Axiotis Georgios Axiotis ... Thanos
Hristos Soukouroglou ... Joe
Nikos Zaharias Nikos Zaharias ... Stavros
Apostolos Bekiaris Apostolos Bekiaris ... Dimitris (Adult)
Ilias Papadopoulos Ilias Papadopoulos
Lola Hatzihristou Lola Hatzihristou
Despina Kontogiorgou Despina Kontogiorgou


In a poverty-stricken post-World-War-II Thessaloniki that is struggling to get back on its feet, a young man, Dimitris, catches in the act of stealing a wallet the homeless street urchin, Stavros. Intent on lending the boy a helping hand--and almost ten years after the end of the war--Dimitris recounts the powerful and heart-warming story of the nearly one hundred sixty orphans who were expelled from the city's orphanage by the Nazis, during the German occupation of Greece. They were the reputed "Barefoot Battalion", a proud and close-knit pack of disciplined orphaned boys, who took their lives into their own hands, every time they stripped a German truck of its food and medicine, to aid the Resistance and the multitudes of the town's impoverished people. To them, stealing was an art, and a grave necessity; nevertheless, now that the war is finally over, what is Stavros' excuse? Written by Nick Riganas

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cave | 1950s | 50s | greece | greek | See All (73) »


Little thieves... beggars... and dirty-faced urchins - But in the heart of a nation they remain forever as heroes - one and all! See more »


Drama | War


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Greece | USA


Greek | English | German

Release Date:

28 May 1954 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The movie was screened between 1953-1954 and sold 85,394 tickets. It came 3rd out of 21 movies. See more »


Referenced in The Scent of Time (1997) See more »

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