Fighting On Film: Battleground (1949) – Van Johnson – William A. Wellman – Ricardo Montalban

In this episode of the Fighting On Film war movie podcast we discuss the Oscar-winning 1949 classic ‘Battleground’. It follows a platoon of the 101st Airborne besieged within Bastogne. Directed by William A. Wellman and staring Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, James Whitmore and George Murphy. It cleverly captures the cold confines of the Ardennes and the hardships the men at Bastogne faced.

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Contents:
Introduction – 0:00
Cast & Crew – 3:30
It Feels Cold! – 5:30
Character Pastiches? – 11:25
Cinematography – 14:20
Matt’s Favourite Scene – 16:30
Garand Ping? – 19:05
The Ally Tally – 20:00
Robbie’s Favourite Scenes – 22:40
Final Thoughts – 31:30

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