Home of the Brave (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

Home of the Brave (1949)



Critic Consensus: Home of the Brave is a powerful portrayal of the soldier's life, a strong indictment of discrimination, and above all an engaging, well-acted drama.

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Arthur Laurents' play Home of the Brave concerned a paralyzed Jewish war veteran who begins to walk again only when he confronts his fear of forever being an "outsider." The film version of the Laurents play changes the protagonist into an African-American, played by James Edwards. The soldier's comrades include his lifelong white friend Lloyd Bridges, whose death leaves Edwards racked with guilt; redneck-bigot corporal Steve Brodie; and troubled sergeant Frank Lovejoy. In the film's crucial scene, the doctor Jeff Corey forces Edwards to overcome his paralysis by yelling a racial slur; from this point on, Edwards will never again kowtow to prejudice. As corny and condescending as it may sound, Home of the Brave is one of the few films produced during the late-1940s "tolerance" cycle that plays as well today as it did when first released. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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James Edwards
as Private Peter Moss
Steve Brodie
as T.J. Everett
Frank Lovejoy
as Sergeant Mingo
Douglas Dick
as Maj. Robinson
Jeff Corey
as Doctor
Cliff Clark
as Colonel
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Critic Reviews for Home of the Brave

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Edwards is a sensitive actor and a strong, stalwart man. But the character of Mingo as played by Lovejoy has depths and silences and understanding that will make it memorable.

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It's comparatively seldom that one gets to hang the adjective "great" on a motion picture without feeling like a press agent, but here's a case where it belongs.

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For all its faults, the film has novelty, emotional wallop and the excitement that comes from wrestling with a real problem, rather than fencing with a cooked-up plot.

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Hollywood has recently shown itself aware of the dangers of racial discrimination and persecution, and Home of the Brave is the most absorbing and honest film it has yet made on a difficult theme.

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James Edwards, who plays Pete Moss in the film, does a really first class lob.

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A picture like Home of the Brave... restores a movie-goer's faith in Hollywood.

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