The basic plot of this film is as follows: a platoon of American soldiers land on the beaches of Italy during WWII. Their assigned target--a farm house six miles inland.
A Walk in the Sun is a slow moving film. From the instant it opens until the second it closes, one gets the sense of the old Army cliche, "Hurry up and wait." However, I believe that is what makes this such a great movie. For those of my generation who have short attention spans, it might bore them, but if one really pays attention to the story--these G.I.'s morning "walk in the sun"--one easily gets emotionally involved with the characters and their own quirks. From the loquacious machine gunner from Brooklyn to the Sgt. who is really a farmer, the men make the story...they are the story.
This is very much a story of soldiers and their fears and how they face them. The men who have seen war and continue to fight--because they know they are right. I find this movie to grip me and hold me...I feel anxious with them and compassionate with them when one of the characters--a good soldier--completely breaks down.
This is a clean movie--there is no profanity and no gratuitous violence. There is some action, but nothing overly frightening. In other words, this is a film that a young child could watch (a family movie, so to speak).
Made in 1945 and starring Dana Andrews (among others), this film gets a 5-star rating from me. It is one of those movies one can watch multiple times and get something new out of it each time.
A Reformed Presbyterian girl who enjoys a good movie or a good book any ol' time.
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