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The Men

Released Jul 20, 1950 1h 26m Drama List
79% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 72% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
When Ken (Marlon Brando) is shot in battle, he loses the use of both his legs. In the hospital, he spends his time mired in self-pity, making little effort to respond to treatment. After much encouragement from his devoted fiancée, Ellen (Teresa Wright), he finally consents to let kindly Dr. Brock (Everett Sloane) help him and is determined to be able to stand up on his wedding day. However, he and Ellen begin to question whether they're truly ready to accept the burden of his disability. Read More Read Less
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Bob Thomas Associated Press The Men is a profoundly moving film, mainly because it bears a resemblance to life that is rare in Hollywood films. Jul 29, 2019 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Producer Stanley Kramer turns to the difficult cinematic subject of paraplegics, so expertly treated as to be sensitive, moving and yet, withal, entertaining and earthy-humored. Nov 1, 2007 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out Even in his first movie, Brando's ability to transcend mediocre material is very much in evidence. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …remains an important issue-based film; like The Best Years of Our Lives, it reminds us of the human cost of war… Rated: 4/5 May 19, 2022 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Marlon Brando, a recruit from the New York stage, is remarkably persuasive in his Hollywood debut. Oct 9, 2019 Full Review Nathanael Hood The Retro Set ...[elevated beyond] the shackles of inspirational movie tepidness. Rated: 8/10 Dec 28, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Well meaning, but heavy handed. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/03/24 Full Review Rami A This was Marlon Brando's first film and he started off with a bang! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/24 Full Review Muriel S The worst of Joan Crawford movies. She was in hyper mode and over acted. Most of her movies throughout her long career were excellent. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 08/17/23 Full Review Audience Member The best inspiring movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A bit melodramatic and sentimental but it holds you if only for Brando's performance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Brando as a leader of men, yet can't find his way out of a chair. Ultimately this is what he must adjust to: being a man - and husband. With Webb at his most human. An adequate script and competent cinematography are strong points in showing this classic veterans tale. Without actually saying it, this also makes a strong argument for ongoing psychological help for veterans and handicapped persons alike. A stanley Kramer production released through National Telefilm. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When Ken (Marlon Brando) is shot in battle, he loses the use of both his legs. In the hospital, he spends his time mired in self-pity, making little effort to respond to treatment. After much encouragement from his devoted fiancée, Ellen (Teresa Wright), he finally consents to let kindly Dr. Brock (Everett Sloane) help him and is determined to be able to stand up on his wedding day. However, he and Ellen begin to question whether they're truly ready to accept the burden of his disability.
Director
Fred Zinnemann
Producer
Stanley Kramer
Screenwriter
Carl Foreman
Distributor
United Artists
Production Co
United Artists
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 20, 1950, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 25, 2019
Runtime
1h 26m
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