A blockbuster war film about the Germans' last serious attempt to win World War Two by making a determined thrust with an army of Tiger tanks in order to gain time to build enough jet planes to blast the Allies out of the sky.
Robert Shaw is the fanatical German tank commander, blue eyes blazing, Henry Fonda earnest and true as the American officer who pin-points the coming attack and finds the tanks' vital attacking position by gliding through fog in a reconnaissance plane.
In the supporting cast James MacArthur catches well the transformation from boy-to-man as the young lieutenant who's the sole survivor of a machine-gun massacre of prisoners; and George Montgomery is particularly noteworthy as a battle-hungry sergeant.
Technicolor photography by Jack Hildyard is fresh and clear. Indeed, some of the scenery would be striking enough to grace a Flemish painting if it weren't blighted by war.
And the American sense of humour is ever present, never more so than when Fonda and pilot are going through the fog. 'We'll pick up a landmark,' says Fonda. 'Sure,' replies the pilot, 'We'll pick up a landmark - right in the kisser.'
It's nice to think war was like that as well.
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