In this episode of the Fighting On Film war movie podcast we discuss that questionable classic from 1965 – ‘The Battle of the Bulge’. We unpack why this epic 3-hour war movie fails to do the story of the actual battle justice despite a decent cast that includes Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson & Robert Ryan.
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Introduction – 0:00
That’s the Wrong Tank! – 04:20
Character Rundown – 06:10
Poor Development – 08:00
Hessler & Konrad – 10:30
This Film Isn’t Really About the Battle – 12:00
Character Collapse – 14:10
Using A War Crime As A Plot Device – 18:30
The General’s Model Collection – 19:45
A Wild General Appears – 24:15
A Chocolate Cake? – 25:20
The Comic Relief – 29:00
Final Thoughts – 32:30
The Armourer’s Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world. We will delve into the history, use and operation of the weapons using videos, blog posts and high resolution images to tell their story.