55 – Paths of Glory (1957)

Mark wahlberg in one of his early films.

Mark wahlberg in one of his early films.

Paths of Glory is a World War II court room drama of sorts.After a failed attempt to try and take an enemy position three men are charged with cowardice and are being court marshalled.Kirk Douglas was the top lawyer in France before he was a colonel in the army so he decides to defend the soldiers.The three guys weren’t really cowards but the powers that be want to make examples of them for all the other men who retreated.A lot of them retreated too,the skirmish was a complete failure.Douglas is a realist and believes the men are entitled to a fair trial with proper representation.The court marshal thinks the opposite.They want to get them tried and executed as soon as possible.Try as he might to try and spare them,even with the evidence in his favour,he can’t.The plot is a little similar to A Few Good Men isn’t it?It’s been that long since i seen it that maybe I’m wrong.The film seems a little short,it could maybe have been another 10-15 minutes longer.The final scene in the bar is good.You see all the soldiers whoop whooping and acting like animals but then reality hits them and they realize that they are still in the war and may die at any time.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  DOUGLAS IS GOOD.BAD RUBBER ROCKS EXPLODING ON THE FRONT LINE AND FLOATING IN WATER.

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