The Men

THE MEN. 1950

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

The MenEven though the National Board of Review listed The Men as one of the ten best films of 1950, this tale of war veterans with disabilities is far too didactic to qualify as a great film. It does at least avoid insult & sentiment, but the good intentions are simply too obvious.

Had it starred anyone but Marlon Brando (his first starring role), it would've been only a well-meaning puff-piece generously educating the public about the tragedy of war injuries, physical & emotional, while reassuring everyone a normal life is possible from a wheelchair.

But Brando in fact turns in a strangely disturbing very "still" performance which for him is surprisingly subtle. It is impossible to not enjoy him on the screen. Due to his presence the story does rise above its educative intent.

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