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The Men

6.8
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Original title
The Men
Year
Running time
85 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Carl Foreman
Music
Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography
Robert De Grasse (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Stanley Kramer Productions
Genre
Drama | Disability
Synopsis / Plot
Fred Zinnemann's sensitive film on the plight of paraplegic WWII veterans features Marlon Brando in his superbly moving screen debut. He plays Lt. Bud Wilozek, one of a group of veterans recovering in the paraplegic ward of a hospital in his hometown. His former fiancée, Ellen (Theresa Wright), explains to his physician, Dr. Brock (Everett Sloane), her concern about his isolation and apparent depression since he has broken their engagment and refuses to see her. He counsels her to be patient, but when he decides to broach the issue with Bud, the embittered patient reacts angrily to the doctor's intrusiveness, and continues to refuse to see Ellen. The doctor cajoles the withdrawn paraplegic into the life of the ward, where fellow patients Richard Erdman, Jack Webb, and Arthur Jurado begin to pull Bud out of his spiritual miasma. At length, his sense of hope starts to return, and after seeing Ellen for the first time in months, he begins to contemplate the possibility of marriage. Zinnemann and screenwriter Carl Foreman spent a month in a veteran's hospital researching the film, and Brando lived in the paraplegic unit for a time as part of his preparation.
Awards
1950: Oscar: Nominated for Best Story and Screenplay
1950: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Film
1950: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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