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The Men (film)

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The Men
Theatrical poster
Directed byFred Zinnemann
Produced byStanley Kramer
Written byCarl Foreman
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
CinematographyRobert De Grasse
Edited byHarry W. Gerstad
Stanley Kramer Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • July 20, 1950 (1950-07-20)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Men is a 1950 American drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann, written by Carl Foreman, and starring Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright and Everett Sloane. Despite the film's commercial failure, it marked Brando’s film debut.


A World War II lieutenant is seriously injured in combat, and faces struggles as he attempts to re-enter society. Birmingham General Army Hospital in Van Nuys, California was used as the recovery hospital. Marlon Brando "checked-in" himself to get the role down.[1]



Critical reception

Upon release, The Men received generally positive reviews, particularly for its screenplay. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 77% based on reviews from 13 critics.[2] Bosley Crowther of The New York Times gave the film a positive review and wrote: "Stern in its intimations of the terrible consequences of war, this film is a haunting and affecting, as well as a rewarding, drama to have at this time."[3] Variety also gave a favorable review, and noted: "Producer Stanley Kramer turns to the difficult cinematic subject of paraplegics, so expertly treated as to be sensitive, moving and yet, withal, entertaining and earthy-humored."[4]


Carl Foreman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay. The National Board of Review placed the film on its annual list of the ten best movies of the year. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

See also


  1. ^, Birmingham General Hospital
  2. ^ "The Men (1950)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (July 21, 1950). "Movie Review: The Men". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2015.[dead link]
  4. ^ Variety Staff (December 31, 1949). "Review: 'The Men'". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-14.
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