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The Victors (1963)




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This anti-war saga is taken from the Alexander Baron novel "The Human Kind." Battle weary troops fight their way through Italy and Germany in the final days of World War II. Instead of the honorable and noble portrayals that usually accompany Allied war recollections, these soldiers are more likely to steal, pillage, raid wine cellars and hire prostitutes. The horrors of war are not confined to battles with the enemy as two white soldiers beat up two blacks while the cowardly bar patrons do nothing to stop the injustice. A platoon leader disappears and is later found in a hospital with half his face blown off. The parents of two pretty German girls accept gifts from G.I.s in exchange for their daughters sexual favors, not caring if the loot comes from enemy of ally. Soldiers use puppies for target practice, a young boy willingly offer sex to men from both sides of the battle lines. Produced and directed by Carl Foreman, these unconnected stories of individual experiences paints an unflattering picture of the human race.


George Peppard
as Cpl. Chase
Eli Wallach
as Sgt. Craig
Jeanne Moreau
as French Woman
Albert Finney
as Russian Soldier
Maurice Ronet
as French Lt. Cohn
Joel Flateau
as Jean-Pierre
Albert Lieven
as Herr Metzger
Tutte Lemkow
as Sikh Soldier
Peter Vaughan
as Policeman
George Roubicek
as Russian Sentry
George Mikell
as Russian Sentry
John Rogers
as Young British Soldier
Marianne Deeming
as Frau Metzger
Patrick Jordan
as Tank Sergeant
Elizabeth Ercy
as Young French Girl
Milo Nappi
as Concentration Camp Prisoner
Malya Nappi
as Barmaid
James Chase
as Condemned Soldier
Riggs O'Hara
as Squad Member
Larry Caringi
as Squad Member
Ian Hughes
as Squad Member
Charles De Temple
as Squad Member
Al Waxman
as Squad Member
Tom Busby
as Squad Member
Robert Nichols
as Squad Member
Graydon Gould
as Squad Member
Anthony McBride
as Squad Member
Colin Maitland
as Squad Member
Tony Wallace
as Squad Member
John Crawford
as U.S. Army Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Victors

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Mr. Foreman's direction is generally artless, highly romanticized, and there really is not one good performance -- one strong characterization -- in the whole film. Eli Wallach's sergeant is the best of a lot of stereotypes.

March 3, 2020 | Full Review…

[Foreman] has designed his narrative with great filmmaking skill and considerable daring, recalling the early 1940s both for nostalgia and irony.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

The Victors is a bad movie: its shoddiness runs deep.

March 3, 2020 | Full Review…

[The Victors'] defects are, essentially, three: (1) there are no people, only movie actors; (2) every point is all too explicit; (3) the points, when examined, prove to be not very sharp.

August 12, 2019 | Full Review…

But on the whole in trying to demolish what the block- buster war film has stood for, Mr. Foreman has used too many of its techniques-even the slow- ness and the interval.

July 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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