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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 ...

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Paul H

Oct 12, 2014

Inspired and Inspiring

Performing for the first time before motion picture cameras, one of the greatest movie actors of all time produced an inspired and inspiring portrait of a wounded war veteran battling the twin tortures of crippling injuries and post-traumatic stress, in the days long before PTSD became a household term. It never fails to amaze me that few, if any, of the people to whom I have recommended this movie over the years had even heard of it, before I mentioned it to them. This should be required viewing in high schools and for all new military recruits.

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