The Young Lions

The Young Lions

DVD - 2001
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The story of World War II from the American and the German perspectives. The German officer Christian Diestl (Brando) approves less and less of the war. Jewish-American Noah Ackerman (Clift) deals with antisemitism at home and in the army while entertainer Michael Whiteacre (Martin) transforms from playboy to hero.


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Sep 18, 2018

With its tedious 3-hour running time (of a story the could've easily been told in just 2 hours) - And actor, Marlon Brando putting in a truly gutless performance as "Mr. Romeo-Nazi-Loverboy" - "The Young Lions" really did push the absolute limits of what I thought to be tolerable entertainment.

I mean - This 1958 WW2 soap opera was certainly no "From Here To Eternity" - And, with Dean Martin being as insincere and pretentious as ever - And, Montgomery Clift looking almost unrecognizable (1 year after an accident that ruined his face) - "The Young Lions" was a truly tiresome ordeal that (60 years later) fell flat on its face, over, and over again.

Nov 13, 2017

Brando as a Nazi !!!! awesome !!!!!! 420

Janedith Feb 19, 2014

Marlon Brando with blond hair and a German accent wasn't a good role for him. Story was fair.

Apr 20, 2013

This is a 167-minute film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based upon the 1948 novel of the same name by Irwin Shaw. It is a war-drama about three soldiers in World War II. Christian Diestl played by Marlon Brando is a German ski instructor who believes that Adolf Hitler will bring new prosperity to Germany, so when war breaks out he joins the army as a lieutenant. He is willing to sacrifice Jews if necessary. At the opening scene, Christian meets an American socialite Margaret Freemantle (Barbara Rush) when she goes on a skiing vacation in the Bavarian Alps. She seems attracted to him, but gets upset by his Nazi beliefs and leaves him on New Year's Eve to return to Michael Whitacre (Dean Martin). Michael is an American WASP who struggles with his lack of meaning arising from his lack of struggles. Although romantically involved with Margaret, he seems to find no confidence in his marriage with her. Noah Ackerman (Montgomery Clift) is an American Jew facing discrimination of the American kind. The three have very different wars that see Christian Diestl become less sympathetic as he willingly sacrifices more and more merely to survive. Noah Ackerman finally overcomes the discrimination of his fellows in the army only to be nearly undone by the horror of the camps. Michael Whitacre, still without meaning in his life, somewhat survives them both. Although Brando's performance is superb, his last scene is anti-climax. If you hadn't read the novel, you would probably expect his more meaningful ending. After all, this film is to show the liberation of the Jews and an upcoming of the new world order.

kevfarley Jan 10, 2012

Definately one of the ten best war movies ever made. Just saw it again,..and it holds up better than ever!
With more honest perspective and historical insight than any of the Hollywood "WW II Classics",.. and strong storytelling and character evolution from start to finish (,.. the book by Erwin Shaw is great also).

GManBruce Jan 03, 2012

The absolute best WWII movie ever made. And the only other movie with "Lion" in the title I would ever reccomend. The other being "Lion In Winter".

voisjoe1 Nov 05, 2011

Brando's performance as a career officer in Hitler's Army is brilliant. He believes in the Fatherland, but has no stomach for the senseless slaughtering of human beings that he is ordered to participate in.

Brando's role is somewhat like a poor man's Human Condition, Part I.

Jun 06, 2011

Marlon Brando was the best part about this movie. Plays a very convincing German. His accent was somewhere between authentically believable and hilarious.


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