Battle of the Bulge (1965) was a War - Action Film directed by Ken Annakin and produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Milton Sperling, Sidney Harmon and Philip Yordan.
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Battle of the Bulge Directed by Ken Annakin Written by Philip Yordan, Milton Sperling, and John Melson 1965/USA United States Pictures/Cinerama Productions Corp. First viewing/Amazon Instant Building on the success of The Longest Day (1962), this movie is long on star power, explosions, and Cinerama... Read full article
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Joe: You sure know how to hit below the belt, Colonel... that's dirty fighting.
Lt. Col. Daniel Kiley: This isn't a pillow fight, Joe... sorry it hurts.
Col. Martin Hessler: The Russian Front does not put meat on a man's bones.
Lt. Weaver: [speaking to U.S. Army M.P.s he knew were Germans in disguise at the fuel supply camp, in a sarcastic voice] Does the road to Amblève still lead to Malmedy?
[then he shoots them]
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The character of the German Colonel was first intended to be the real life Panzer officer Joachim Peiper, the youngest man in the Nazi Army to be make the rank of full colonel (SS-Standartenführer, the direct SS equivalent to an Oberst or full colonel in the German army). However, since Peiper, a protégé of 'Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler' , the head of the Schutzstaffel (SS) and the second most powerful man in Germany after Adolf Hitler, was promoted to the ran at the age of 29. However, as he was still living at the time the film was produced and was still a committed Nazi, his character was quickly changed to a fictitious Regular German Army officer, so as not to give Peiper any connection to the film or risk a libel suit. It was Peiper's unit of the Waffen-SS, Kampfgruppe Peiper of the 1st SS Division, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (German for "Adolf Hitler's Bodyguard Regiment") that was responsible for the Malmedy massacre of American prisoners depicted in the film. After the War, he was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted by the American Occupation Force as the trial had been fraught with illegalities, and he served only 11 years in prison, despite having perpetrated war-crimes on both the Eastern and Western fronts. Peiper was assassinated at his home in France, likely by French communi Stanley Baker was offered the Robert Shaw part.
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