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The Men
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Directed By
Fred Zinnemann

Written By:
Carl Foreman

Cast:
Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane, Jack Webb, Richard Erdman, Virginia Farmer, Dorothy Tree, Howard St. John, Cliff Clark, Ray Teal, Arthur Jurado, Nita Hunter, Patricia Joiner, John 'Skins' Miller, Marguerite Martin

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The Men (1950)
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Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie
May 14th, 2007

Brando's Debut

A year before he caught the world's attention in 'A Streetcar Named Desire', Marlon Brando starred in this film about war veterans faced with life as a paraplegia.

The film is a little too factual and devoted to the idea of raising awareness and understanding than about having well drawn characters or plot, but Brando makes the best of the what he is given. He plays the role with the passion and intensity that would come to characterize him throughout history, even if it is a little rough around the edges. It is strange to see Brando is such a confining role, being such a physical actor, but it also proves the power of his talent.

The soul of this film is Teresa Wright (1942's 'Mrs. Miniver') as Brando's girlfriend. She shows the real pain of someone trying to love one who doesn't want to be loved and the pressure that the spouse of a paraplegic is under to make it seem as though nothing as changed despite the hard truth. Wright is understated in the wake of Brando, but without her supportive and touching performance the romance of this story would make no sense.

All in all, this is an important film that could have been better orchestrated, but nonetheless gives a voice to a crucial issue.

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Bobby B
Dec 7, 2012 6:22 PM
 
Nice review.



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