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The Young Lions (1958) was a War - Drama Film directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Al Lichtman.

Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyJoe MacDonaldNominated
Best Music - ScoringHugo FriedhoferNominated
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The Young Lions (1958)

By Beatrice on Aug 23, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Young Lions Directed by Edward Dmytryk Written by Edward Anhalt from a novel by Irwin Shaw 1958/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/YouTube rental As usual, Marlon Brando is the standout in parallel stories that examine the personal lives of German?and American soldiers d... Read full article


The Young Lions (1958)

on Sep 4, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

Cinematic misfires can happen in Hollywood. Cleopatra is a great example. Take A-list stars, add an exorbitant budget and you’ll have an instant hit, right? I appreciate Cleopatra?(1963), but I can agree there are big issues that some recasting and other changes could have maybe improved upon.... Read full article


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Michael Whiteacre: Look, I've read all the books. I know that in 10 years we'll be bosom friends with the Germans and the Japanese. Then I'll be pretty annoyed that I was killed.


Capt. Hardenberg: [two Nazi officers, escaping on a motorcycle in the middle of the endless desert] Don't fall asleep, damn you. Talk! Talk to me!
Lt. Christian Diestl: [confused] Uh, I wish I was back in Austria! I wish I was back in the snow... in the winter... in the mountains...
Capt. Hardenberg: [impatient] Not like that! Talk about something else!
Lt. Christian Diestl: [amused] Can I talk about what I did with your wife the last time I was in Berlin?


Michael Whiteacre: Sometimes I think I give off a scent or something, you know, rouses the female.
Noah Ackerman: Hmm?
Michael Whiteacre: Those girls.
Noah Ackerman: Where?
Michael Whiteacre: Oh now wait a minute. You mean to tell me that you didn't--Oh your antenna's turned off.
Noah Ackerman: No, I frankly didn't notice.
Michael Whiteacre: Oh, you're sick.
Michael Whiteacre: Have you ever had a girl?
Noah Ackerman: Have I ever had a girl?
Michael Whiteacre: That's what I thought!


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Dean Martin stepped into the role of Michael Whiteacre when Tony Randall became indisposed. It was a move that solidified Martin's solo film career after his split from Jerry Lewis two years earlier.
According to his autobiography, Marlon Brando based his Nazi German character on a blond haired boy with a perfect nose he had seen in a German film.
Both one of this film's stars, Montgomery Clift, and source novelist Irwin Shaw complained about the many changes made to the book for the film. Clift stated that the film bore no resemblance to Shaw's novel. Shaw later said that Monty was "bitter as I was at the deformation of the book." Apparently, Clift once promised that if Brando tries to die at the end of the picture with his arms outstretched in a Christ like motif, he would walk off the set.
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