Fighting On Film: Battleground (1949) - Van Johnson - William A. Wellman - Ricardo Montalban

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7m Dec 18, 2020

In this episode of the Fighting On Film war movie podcast we discuss the Oscar-winning 1949 classic 'Battleground'. It follows a platoon of the 101st Airborne besieged within Bastogne. Directed by William A. Wellman and staring Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, James Whitmore and George Murphy. It cleverly captures the cold confines of the Ardennes and the hardships the men at Bastogne faced.

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
0:00 Introduction
3:30 Cast & Crew
5:30 It Feels Cold!
11:25 Character Pastiches?
14:20 Cinematography
16:30 Matt's Favourite Scene
19:05 Garand Ping?
20:00 The Ally Tally
22:40 Robbie's Favourite Scenes
31:30 Final Thoughts

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