The Young Lions (1958) Script



That's marvelous. Tomorrow you give me lessons, and I give you your money back.

Oh, I feel so good.

Listen. Listen to what they're playing.

Yeah. "Röslein."

♪ De, da, dum ♪

♪ Lief er schnell es nah zu sehen ♪

♪ Sah mit vielen ♪ Ooh! Go on. I'm sorry. Go on. Please.

♪ Oh, Röslein Röslein rot ♪

♪ Röslein auf der heiden ♪ ♪ You know, as a rule, Americans speak German with a very bad accent.

But your accent is really horrible.

Oh, Christian.

This has been so wonderful. Yes.

I wanna thank you.

You've been more than generous with your time.

Well, that's only because I've had the very worst of intentions.

Thank you.

Oh, I hate to leave. I hate to say good-bye now.

Why... Why don't you say good-bye in the morning?

No. No, I can't. I've got to leave too early.

Now, look, it is New Year's eve.

You go back to America, I never see you again.

And please, I want you to spend the evening with me. No.

Too bad.

Do I have a rival?

Michael. Who?


But I think Michael would not mind if I just... stole one tiny little Bavarian evening.

Are you kidding?

I don't think it would even occur to Michael that anybody would ask me.

All right. All right, Christian, I'd love to. Wonderful.

Oh, you look lovely. Thank you.

You look really... I want to present my sister Freda. Charmed.

I'm so happy that you came tonight... because I composed a little piece of music for you.

And, uh, it's‒ Well, would you like to hear it?

I'd love to. Really?

Do you like it? Yes.

Isn't it nice? Come on. It's wonderful.

Prosit Neu Jahr!

Happy New Year, Margaret.

Prosit Neu Jahr, Christian.

Ich bringe einen Toast. Bitte.

Gott beschütze unsern Führer Adolf Hitler.

Heil! Heil!

"Das Horst-Wessel-Lied."

♪ Die Fahne hoch ♪

♪ Die Reihen dicht geschlossen ♪

♪ SA marschiert ♪

♪ Mit ruhig festem Schritt ♪

♪ Kam'raden, die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen ♪

Are you all right?

What's the matter?

Oh, you know, I was just in Berlin, and I‒ I saw some Nazi demonstrations.

But I didn't realize it had gone this far.

Not-Not here... in this little town.

It's a little frightening.

Well, do you think that being a Nazi is such a terrible thing?

Christian‒ Christian, are you a Nazi?

No, I am not a Nazi. I'm not political at all.

But I think that they stand for something hopeful in Germany.

Christian, you don't really believe that.

Yes, I believe this.

But why? Why?

What can you possibly find to justify Hitler?

I think that...

That Hitler will bring us a better life.

Is the life you have now so terrible?

No, but, uh‒ My life is not so terrible, but I don't wish to spend the rest of it wearing fancy sweaters... and teaching fat little children how to ski... and being charming and picturesque.

I can understand your wanting more than that.

I think, perhaps, you cannot understand what it means... to live on tips from foreigners in your own country.

You know what I really am?

I'm not a ski instructor even.

I do this for two or three months in the year.

When the season is over, I go to work in a little shop... as an assistant to my father, and I'm a shoemaker.

And you don't want to be a shoemaker? No, I don't.

I want to be something else. Then you don't have to remain one.

Oh, this is not the United States.

It's so hard to explain to you.

But you see, it's very difficult... for people to rise above their class in Europe.

I tell you something.

At one time, I wanted very much to be a doctor.

And I worked very hard for this.

And when there was no longer any money, I was forced to give it up... because we have no free university here.

And I think this is‒ this is where Hitler can help us.

I think that he‒ he has promised to change all this.

Christian, Hitler promises to conquer the whole world.

Ja. But this is a direct result... of a handful of completely insane fanatics‒ Oh. Yeah.

It was, and this will pass.

It will not pass!

It's going to get worse and worse and worse.

And I think it's going to end in war.

I think that we should not discuss this... because I don't know all the answers.

I know you don't know all the answers.

And with political discussions we go round and round, and nothing is ever settled.

Let's go back in and have a nice time.

Come on.


Good night, Christian.

I'll say good-bye in the morning.

This is the BBC, London.

Today, June 24, 1940, at 7:15 PM, France surrendered to Germany.

The events of the past 45 days, beginning with the German invasion... of the low countries on May 10, have thus come to a tragic climax.

England, now fighting virtually alone, faces the German military power whose aim to conquer... or destroy the entire civilized world... can no longer be questioned.

In the words of Mr. Winston Churchill, "What General Vegar has called the Battle of France is over.

The Battle of Britain is about to begin."

Leutnant, I do wish you'd order your driver to slow down.

I am reluctantly willing to die for the fatherland, but not in a traffic accident.

We're late, Brandt. Go a little faster, Basserman.

But we almost hit a cow back there.

The only living thing we have seen all afternoon.

Where is everybody?

Making love, drinking absinthe.

You know the French. Don't you read our papers? Where are they?

When I was a little boy, I promised my father I'd kill a Frenchman for him.

They shot off his leg in Verdun, ja, in 1916.

So I promised him‒ on Christmas eve it was‒ I promised I'd shoot a Frenchman for him.

Have you ever been to Paris?

No, I have not been there.

Oh, what a city. What a wonderful city that is.

I'll show you a good time there.

You won't keep those people indoors forever, not those Parisians.

Ah, what wonderful girls.

When I was a correspondent there last year, we practically lived in the streets.

Simone and I‒ We will show you Paris the way it always was, the way it always will be.

Basserman, go up to the wall and keep firing on them... in case they try to come to the front, ja.



Come on.

Maeschen, stay behind this tree here.

I go over behind the tree over there. Jawohl.

I got him. I got him.

Maeschen, stay down!

Stretcher, hold your fire.


Brandt. Stretcher, come on.


Tell him to go back and tell the others to surrender... because we now have them in a cross fire.

Go. Allez.


Maeschen is dead? What? What?

Maeschen is dead?


I'm sure his father is very happy now, eh?

Allez! Allez! Vite!



Nous sommes fichus!

Captain Hardenburg. Ah, Diestl. Nice to see you.

I understand you have had a little difficulty on the road. Yes, sir.

At ease. Thank you, sir.

There were young conscripts, sir, making a token gesture.

There was a roadblock, and it was quite unavoidable.

There is no need to be apologetic. It makes for excellent training.

I want to commend you for the way you have handled it. Thank you, sir.

We had one casualty, you know, sir. Private Maeschen was killed.

Oh, yes. Uh, Private Maeschen.

Did he perform his duty?

Yes, sir. He killed one of the enemy with his first shot... and then became excited and failed to take cover.

Too bad. I'm sure he fought bravely.

That's wonderful, isn't it?

Yes, sir.

Sir, with your permission, I would like to write a letter to his family.

Never mind, Diestl. I will do it. Leutnant!

Since you are attached to us, I wonder if you would mind taking a photograph for my wife.

We had always planned to come here.

It would be a pleasure, Captain. Come on, Diestl.

I'm sure your wife is not interested to see me.

Oh, yes, yes, yes.

I've written her about you and many of the men.

I'm sure she's most interested.

Just a moment.

We will stand on the steps. Come on, Diestl.

With the church in the background.

A great day. A day of historic importance.

In years to come, we will look back on this and say... we were there at the dawn of the new era.

Ay! Ja. Now, Captain, this is the one.

All right, settle down.

Settle down!

This is New York City property.

Stop spitting and throwing butts on the floor and stop shoving.

Nobody's gonna be left behind. The army's got plenty of room for everybody.

What's wrong? It's cold.

Now cough.

Turn your head and cough.

All right, breathe in.

Breathe out.

Now breathe in.


All right, bend over.

Bend over and touch your toes. Oh.


For a man your age in your profession, you're in excellent health.

How do you manage it? Clean liquor.

Give this to the board. Next man.

You didn't register in California?

Yes, I did. But I came east before I got my classification.

You came to New York to get a defense job? To get any job.

Michael Whiteacre.

Sit down over here, Mr. Whiteacre.

You must be very busy, Mr. Whiteacre.

I'm told we had a special call from Selective Service headquarters... asking us not to waste any of your valuable time.

Well, I'm rehearsing a show against a deadline.

Well, we'll try to rush you through quickly.

How long will this show run, do you think?

I don't know. No one ever does.

Well, this is March.

If it runs very long your understudy will get a break.

We're booking you for Uncle Sam as of June 15.

I don't think that's quite fair. You can file an appeal, if you like.

Oh, I'll appeal.

Is there anything else you'd like to discuss?

No, I'll just appeal.

Just see the secretary outside.


Sit down over here, Mr. Ackerman.

Mr. Ackerman, you don't seem to have any dependent relatives... or any occupation essential to national defense.

Can you think of any reason why you should not be classified 1 -A?

No, sir, I can't.

I see you work for Macy's.

You'll stay for the Easter rush, and you will report June 15.

I think that'll be all.

Thank you very much.

Just a moment. May I have your form, please?

Ralph Benton.

Anybody got a cigarette?

Need a cigarette? Oh, thanks.


How do you spell "extenuating"?

Hmm? Extenuating.

Uh, I don't know.

E-x-t-e‒ No. E-x-t...

Illiteracy, that'll do it.

I heard you sing a lot of times.

Oh, you have? At the club?

On the radio. Oh.

Are you singing at a club? No, rehearsing a show.

On Broadway? Mm-hmm.

What's the name of it?

Soft Shoes.

Soft Shoes. I gotta remember that.

Let's have a drink. Don't frustrate me.

Anybody that can't spell extenuating is a friend of mine.

Come on.

You know, sometimes I think I give off a scent or something.

You know, rouses the female. Hmm?

Those girls. Where?

Oh, wait a minute. You mean to tell me that you didn't...

Oh, your antenna's turned off. No, I didn't notice.

Oh, you're sick.

Have you ever had a girl? Have I ever had a girl?

That's what I thought.

Listen, Ackerman, tonight I'm giving a party.

Girls, females, broads.

You will attend. You will capture one and carry her off to your cave.

You will attend? Sure. Yeah.

Good. Let us not discuss this sort of topic any longer. Let us discuss alcohol.

♪ I like New York in June ♪

♪ How about you? ♪

♪ I like a Gershwin tune ♪

♪ How about you? ♪

♪ I like a fireside when a storm is due ♪

♪ I like potato chips, moonlight and motor trips ♪

♪ How about you? ♪

♪ I'm mad about good books ♪

♪ Can't get my fill ♪

♪ And James Durante's looks give me a thrill ♪

♪ ♪ May I refresh your drink?

Thank you, no. I'm fine.

Have you met everyone?

That's all right. I was listening to the music.

Michael's told me all about you.

He has? Y-Yes.

No, I meant, I only met him this morning at the draft board.

You met Michael at the draft board? Yes.

And he was 1 -A?

We're both 1 -A.

Excuse me, would you? Yes.

♪ You saw me standing alone ♪

♪ Without a dream in my heart ♪ I wanna talk to you.

Good evening. How are you tonight? Fine, thanks, and you?

Hi, Hope. Hi, Mike. How are you?

Fine. How are you? I want you to meet somebody. Good.

Oh? Friend of yours? Yes.

Noah, this is Hope Plowman. Noah Ackerman.

Hello. How do you do?

See if you can cheer him up. I don't think he likes my music.

Actually, I haven't been listening.

Oh, my, what a lovely view.

Isn't it?

Yes, Margaret?

I hear you're being drafted.

I'm not being drafted. Mr. Ackerman says you are.

Mr. Ackerman doesn't know what rabbits can be pulled out of a hat in Washington.

Look, I'm not a hero, and I'm not a pigeon.

The pigeons can do my fighting for me.

Oh, Michael, what's the matter with you?

You think I hate you for trying to get out of it?

I don't. Really, I don't.

Anything you do is okay with me, but you start to feel guilty about it, then we start having fights, and you take it out on me. I don't feel guilty!

It's just that I'm against war and this whole drummed-up, superpatriotic atmosphere.

You just don't want to get shot. Nobody wants to get shot.

So stop trying to convince yourself.

Forget it.

I got a sick show on my hands! Yes, yes, yes, yes.

Look, Michael, this is me, Margaret.

I understand you.

You're a heel, but you're not that big a heel.

And then, too, they fish for fish in the river.

I was told that.

I like your tie. You do?

I just saw it, and I bought it.

Do you think it's gonna rain?

I like to walk in the rain. I do to.

You do? Mm-hmm.

You wanna walk? All right.

Let's walk. Okay.

What are you gonna tell him? Who?

Michael. Nothing.


Well, maybe so.

New York City must be quite frightening to a girl from the country.

Oh, no, it isn't.

The truth is it puts on an act of sophistication, but at heart it's strictly provincial.

I don't think it's provincial.

Anyway, not after Vermont.

Vermont? Mm-hmm.

New York City... I must say... Does have some beautiful women.

Flashy, some of them.

You know, I'm told European women... are more mature emotionally.

They are? Oh.

As a matter of fact, friends of mine have told me‒ Well, anyway. What time is it?

It's late. We better be getting back. No. I'd like to go home.

Oh. Well, I'll take you home. Thank you.

Where do you live? Brooklyn.

Brooklyn. Mm-hmm.

Well, at last.

Now we take the bus. Now we take the bus?

Now what? Now we walk.

Margaret. Yeah?

Don't. Don't what?

Don't be angry with me. Why not?

You have been very charming.

You have not been understanding.

In fact, you haven't even been conversational all evening long.

I'm sorry, Margaret. Really, I am.

But lately it seems we can't talk without arguing.

You haven't the faintest idea what's bothering me.

Honey, I'd flip without you.

You sure would. Well, that's the truth.

You're so right about me.

I sure am.

Look, why don't we just sit and be quiet? And then what?

Then you kiss me.

Then I kiss you.

Oh, Michael, I love you so.

Are we getting warmer?

You'll be happy to know that we're here.

Good night.

I wanna say I'm pleased‒ very pleased, I mean, to have brought you home.

Thank you.

I mean, I'm really pleased.

You do that with your other girls, not with me.

Yes. No! No, I don't.

Oh, only with me?

You don't understand what I mean.

I suppose you think that you're such an attractive young man... that any girl would fall all over herself to let you kiss her.

Oh, God. Never, in all my days, have I met such an opinionated, self-centered young man.

Good night, Mr. Ackerman. No, don't. I‒ Hope.

Stop that. You'll wake everyone.

How do I get back to the city?

You're lost?

No one will find me again, ever.

You're a terrible fool, aren't you?

Well, you walk two blocks to your left, and you wait for the bus‒ the one that comes from your left- and you take it to Eastern Parkway.

Noah, are you listening to me?

I wanna say something to you.

I am not opinionated.

I don't think I have a single opinion in the whole world.

I don't know why I kissed you. I just couldn't help it.

I guess‒ I guess I wanted to impress you.

I was afraid that if I was myself... you wouldn't look at me twice.

It's been a very confusing night.

I don't think I've ever been through anything so confusing.

You tell me tomorrow.

The bus to Eastern Parkway.

Don't get lost on the way home.

Uh, the bus to Eastern Parkway, and then‒ I love you. I love you.

Good night.

Thanks for taking me home.

This is really boring here. Don't be so impatient, Christian.

Wait till you see her. A more delicious little strudel you have never seen.

Really superb, typically French, and very...

Well, I could use a little strudel, Brandt, but we have been here‒ Yeah, two hours.

To be French is to be late. Two hours.

It's part of their charm.

I only hope they get here before I'm too blind drunk to recognize them.

Françoise, please. Of course the men are Germans, but not all Germans are swine.

No? Oh, I promise you, one drink.

Just one drink, then we'll go. I don't want to be seen fraternizing with the enemy.

I don't want to be beaten by my neighbors. Please.

I would not look good with a shaved head.

Françoise, please. Please! Oh!

All right, I'll go.

But not because of your arguments, because I'm curious.

I'd like to observe one of these supermen.

I'm a city girl. I've never seen a pig up close. Come on.

Here they are.

Ah, at last you are here.

If you didn't look so pretty, I'd give you a good spank in a very important place.

Perhaps I'd like it. Yes, we can talk about that later.

How nice of you to come, Françoise.

May I present Herr Leutnant Diestl. This is Françoise.

Enchanté de faire Votre connaissance.

I'm sorry, but that's all the French I know.

Oh, that's all right.

You are all the German I know, and perhaps, all I care to know.

And this is my little Simone.

It's a pleasure, Leutnant. I'm sorry that we're a little late.

You see, didn't I tell you they were worth waiting for?

Would you care to sit?

Oh, really gallant you are.

Are you always as dashing as that with the ladies?

Yes, always, if they are ladies.

I must warn you not to be deceived by this Aryan charm.

He is the most famous lady-killer in the Alps. Oh, la, la.

Tell me, Lieutenant. How many French ladies have you killed?

Well, I think that I'm not clever enough to do that.

But perhaps if I serve in France for a little while, I could learn how with your very kind help.

But I'm confused. I thought you came here to teach us something‒ how to be tall and blond and clean and efficient.

Perhaps if you were not French and I was not German, but we were just simply Europeans, we could learn from each other.

Don't you think?

United Europe, of course. How stupid of me.

You Germans have charmed me so that I forgot that you were all idealists.

Oh, now, look, doesn't somebody know a good, dirty joke?

Ta gueule, Françoise, je t'en prie. Tu vas nous gâcher cette soirée.

How many of us do you plan to murder in the name of that golden plan of yours?

If there is no unification, we will all go on murdering each other anyhow.

I know a nice little restaurant in Montmartre.

It has a beautiful garden.

We can have it all to ourselves. Shall we go?

Yeah. We can answer all historical questions there.

And we don't even need to get arrested. No, wait.

I would like to know... how many French lives you have personally contributed to that Wagnerian dream.

Now, look, this is no longer funny. Let go of me!

I want an answer from the boche.


How many Frenchmen have you killed?

I've killed no one.

No one.

But if I have to sacrifice a few lives for peace, I will do it.

Ja. Even if one of them is my own.

Now I have seen a pig up close.

Thank you for your wine.

Complètement folle.

Laisse-moi tranquille. Tu te rends compte de ce que tu viens de faire?


Good night, Simone. Thank you. I am so sorry.

Oh. Really, I am.

Good night, Françoise.


I'm sorry. I should not have made such a scene. No. No.


My husband was killed... in 1940 in Belgium.

And all this talk about sacrificing lives in order to have peace... just doesn't make any sense to me.

The only way to peace is to stop killing each other.

I think about this 1,000 times in a day.

And I wish it would seem so simple to me.

Could I have another glass of wine?

Yes, of course.

This is my house.

This is where I live.

I think that I will not... try to tell you how lovely... this evening was for me.

But I would like so much to see you again.

You're still the conqueror, a young, golden god of war.

Perhaps... when the gold has worn off a little.

Good night.

Well, that's one of the hazards you run when you have a daughter.

One day she's going to come to you and say, "I love him."

I want to marry him."

Mm-hmm. That's one of the hazards.

But you haven't told me anything about this man at all.

Oh, he's‒ he's gentle and he's clever.

He's not just a man, he's a boy.

And poor.

And poor.

He writes me a letter a day, even when we see each other in New York every night.

And he's alone.

He's Jewish, Father.

Father, this is Noah.

How do you do? How do you do, sir?

Well, seems to me Mr. Ackerman and I might have a little talk.

Certainly, sir.

Why don't you finish your coffee, Hope?

We won't be very long.

That's Jack Marshall's.

I went to school with his father, my father with his father.

Virgil Smith's law office.

One of his people did the legal work when they incorporated this town.


Well, looks like it's gonna be a nice day.

It's the family plot. Seven generations of Plowmans there, Hope's mother too.

There's the school.

Mr. Plowman, um, I don't have a family plot.

I don't have a family.

I earn $35 a week, and I'm 1 -A in the draft.

But I love Hope, and I shall love her for all my life.

You're doing an awful thing, putting a man to the test of his principles.

I wish to heaven you'd turn around and get on that bus and never see Hope again.

But you won't do that, will ya?

Didn't think you would.

Anybody from town asked to marry Hope, I'd say, "Come on out to the house. We got turkey for dinner."

I never knew a Jew before.

You go along all your life thinkin' a certain way, someone jolts you, you have to look inside yourself.

That's what you've made me do, and I'm not fond of you for it.

I was just telling Mr. Ackerman we've got turkey for dinner.

Thank you.

If you don't open the door, we are obliged to break it in.

Is this headquarter's idea of a friendly little visit for me to photograph?


Well, we can't wait any longer.

Kraus, Faber.

Madame Brenner? Yes, that's me.

Where is Marcel Brenner?

Oh, monsieur, I wish I knew.

The boy's 16 years old.

Half of the time we don't know where he is. He don't come home at all.

Kraus, here. Faber.


Stop! Stop! Take the boy downstairs.

He'll be all right.

He will not be hurt.

Oh, monsieur. I promise you. I give you my word.

He will not be hurt.

He simply must perform his labor duties.

I am sorry.

Come in.

I would like to apply for a transfer, sir.


I think I am not able to do this work.

You don't believe you are suited to this work?

I don't believe in arresting children, sir.

I spent four years at Spandau, two years at the war academy.

I should be in Russia, but I am here.

And I will stay here until I am ordered elsewhere.

And so will you.

What time does your train leave for Berlin?

Ja. Uh, 12:30, sir.

Here are your furlough papers.

I wish you to do me a favor while you are in Berlin.

What was that? Oh, I don't know. It is the Gestapo.


Leutnant! Close the door!

Do you know where you are?

Do you know who you are?

Answer me!

Yes, sir.

Then stop being a child!

Don't you know that when you became a soldier, you contracted for killing in all its forms?

I do not think it possible to remake this world... from the basement of a dirty little police station.

It doesn't matter what you believe.

Under battle conditions, I could shoot you for what you have just done.

And I would.

The German Army is invincible because it is an army... that obeys orders, any order, no matter how distasteful.

I cannot believe‒ Be quiet.

It has no sentimentalists, no moralists, no individualists.

You will have no future in it if you don't understand that.

You may have no future at all if you oppose it.

I trouble to tell you this because you have a fine record.

You will be a creative soldier... once you get all this thinking knocked out of you.

Well, we will forget it for the present.

Now, as I was saying, I would like you to do me a favor.

I have secured a piece of lace.

Very beautiful. Black.

For my wife.

I'd hoped to give it to her in person, but I'm too important here.

And since I can't, I would like you to deliver it to her in Berlin.

Yes, sir.

Give her my most tender regards.

You may say that I think of her constantly.

The address is on the package.

Enjoy your leave!



Uh, Mrs. Hardenburg, please.

Yes? I am Lieutenant Diestl from your husband's company, and this is a gift from Captain Hardenburg.

Well, come in.

Oh, yes, of course. You're the serious one... in the photograph with the captain.

Oh, yes, in front of the church? Yes.


How do you do? It's a pleasure.

He wrote me you were coming to Berlin.

If there was anything I could do for you and so forth.

Well, that's very kind of the captain.

Please, sit down.

Thank you.

Make yourself comfortable.

What would you like to drink?

Perhaps I am intruding here. You were just going out, no?

Only with a general. I'll tell him I kept him waiting for a lieutenant.

Well, in that case, I‒ Vodka? Yes, wonderful.

I have some direct from the Ukraine.

And how is the captain?

Uh, he's fine. He asked me to give you his tenderest regards, and to tell you that he thinks of you constantly.

That's very thoughtful of him.

Thank you.

And, uh, how is gay Paris?

Well, gay Paris is not so gay.

Oh, that's too bad.

Where are you staying?

As a matter of fact, I have no accommodations. I was‒ You'll find it impossible to get a hotel room.

Maybe I can do something for you at the Adelon Hotel.

Oh, that would be wonderful.

Thank you. Excuse me.

Of course.

All right, Franz. Tell him I'll be right down.

Are you in a hurry to get someplace?

Uh, no.

Then stay. I won't be too long.

And I want to talk to you about the captain.

Will you?



Have another drink, Lieutenant. Take some caviar.

See how the home front suffers.

Au reVoir. Au reVoir.

I'm sorry. No, no. Don't disturb yourself.

I hope you were not too bored.

No. I wasn't bored at all.

As a matter of fact, I found a wonderful companion.

Aren't you going to offer me a drink?

Oh, sure.

I offer you a drink.

Oh, that's too much.


It couldn't have been a very interesting evening for a soldier on leave.

Well, I am, uh‒

I'm not a soldier. I'm a... policeman.

And you don't find this interesting?


Well, cheer up.

Things may be different.

I have a friend on Rommel's staff.

Maybe he can be helpful.


You‒ You can do this?

You can arrange military transfers?

With a small effort.

How are the girls in Paris?

Oh, French.

Very patriotic.

Welcome to Germany, soldier.

Get me a cigarette, please.

Hmm? On the table.

Good morning. Morning.

I hear your show's going just great. It's a lulu.

Brandy and soda. Sì, signore.

Can you spare it?

What's the matter? Nothing.

Oh, come on, Michael. You can usually fake an affectionate kiss at lunchtime.

Something fell through in Washington, and I have to take basic training.

Oh. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

I wasn't supposed to leave until tomorrow, but I can go now.

I'm sorry. Now that's better.

Why don't you take the afternoon off? Oh, I can't, Michael.

The Office of War Information can spare you on my last afternoon.

We'll see each other tonight. Tell 'em you're involved in a troop movement.

No, Michael. I can't.

On the house. This is the last of the cognac.

I bet they still have plenty in Italy.

I came here in 1924, sir.

I don't know anything about Italy anymore.

That was pretty unnecessary. Not the way I feel.

Margaret, what do you want from me?

I want you to act like a man.

I want to be proud of you, the way Hope is proud of Noah.

You want me to get shot. Look, I've read all the books.

I know that in 10 years we'll be bosom friends with the Germans and Japanese.

Then I'll be pretty annoyed that I was killed.

Look, Michael, I don't want you to get shot!

I don't... I don't even mind your wanting to get out of the army.

I just want you to stop pretending that you think it's all right.

Is that all? No.

I want us to go someplace and get married.

Now? Mm-hmm.

Look, honey, I love you, but today?

Now you've been seeing too many war pictures.

You mean no? I could be in for years.

Last chance, Michael. Oh, honey, that'd be foolish.

Oh, I almost forgot.

The office is sending me overseas.

I was gonna tell you that tonight.

Oh, hello, Mrs. Ackerman, Mr. Ackerman. Hello.

Rather early this morning, aren't you? Yes, we are.

Well, today's the day, eh? Yes, it is.

Here. Give you courage. Calm the nerves.

Go ahead. Drink it.

It's full of cream. Homogenized.

Good, isn't it? Yes, it is.

I drink two quarts a day myself. Keeps me young.

Well, I've got to be on my way. Good luck.

Thank you.

Oh, you taste good.

I love you.

Are you ready? Jawohl.




They're all ready, sir.

All right, Leutnant.

Now. May I suggest we wait, sir?

Wait? Why?

Over your shoulder, sir. The sun will be up in a few moments.

And when the sun is up and in their eyes, their guns will be completely useless.

A wonderful idea. We will wait.


Machine guns.

Fire. Quick!

Left 10!

Back 10!

Kraus, left!

All right. Cease fire!


I gave no order to stop firing.

What are you doing, Oberleutnant?

The machine guns will continue to rake the area for 60 seconds.


Shoot all wounded.

Leave no one alive here.

We cannot take prisoners.

Our movements must not be reported.

These wounded can give information, and their planes would be on us before we got back.

Then all our reconnaissance, useless.


Shoot him.

Shoot him!

That's an order.

Okay, fellas!


At ease.

Prepare for inspection.

Eighth general order. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

Wipe that smile off your face, Whiteacre.

You're not a Broadway big shot now.

You're a soldier in the army of the United States.

Rip this man's bed.

This isn't the Astor Hotel, Whiteacre.

The maid doesn't come in here.

Two extra days fatigue duty.

Let's see the inside of that footlocker, soldier.

This isn't the New York Public Library, soldier.

I know this book. It's a filthy, dirty book.

The army doesn't care what you read, but I do.

Get rid of it. Eyes front.

All right, soldier.

This window hasn't been cleaned at all.

The whole barracks is unmilitary.

Sergeant, these quarters aren't ready for inspection. Get them ready.

Yes, sir.

You men are going to learn if there's one sloppy soldier in the outfit, it's up to all of you to teach him to be clean.

This platoon is restricted to the post for the weekend.

Sir, don't you think punishing the entire platoon‒ No, Lieutenant.

I do not. Yes, sir.


All right, Ackerman, you've finally gone and done it.

Now I'm gonna have to take you under my personal wing.

This ain't no crummy tenement in the Bronx.

Now wait a minute, Sergeant. Keep your mouth shut.

When I want you to talk, I'll ask you a direct question.

You'll answer yes or no. That's an order.

Now, lesson number one begins.

Ackerman, get yourself a bucket.

And you know what?

You're gonna wash every window in this barracks.

You're gonna wash 'em until they're clean, white-glove clean.

That's an order. Now move.

Uh, uh. Ace gets the devil.

There we go. I'm workin' on sevens.

Jack. Uh, oh!

And a queen. Check the pot. Take care of it.

Give me a jack. Not even a pair on the table.

Here comes mama's helper.

Hi. Hi.

Did you have a ball?

Hey, uh, Cowley. Yeah?

You know everything.

Who's our ambassador to New York?

We don't have one. We don't recognize it.

Oh, just relax. They'll get bored.

Isn't New York part of the United States yet? Nope.

What language do they speak? Language? They talk with their hands.

Well, how come Ackerman speaks English? He's a spy.

Hey, wait a minute. You guys ain't bein' fair.

I feel sorry for him. Really, I do. Oh, sure!

Look at the dough he could be makin' sellin' black-market tires and gasoline... if he weren't in the service.

Oh, forget it. You're right.

Hey, uh, Ackerman!

How come you're in the service anyway?

He had no influence with the draft board.

They were all Irish.

Here. Cut. All right. What are you bettin'?

What'd you hear from Hope?

Hope? She's fine the last I‒ What's the matter?

Oh, now I've done it. I've done it.

Her birthday.

I got $20 stashed, and I can't even get to a store.

Maybe you can get something at the PX.

Come on. I'll go with you.

That's a good idea.

My bank.

Whose play is it?


I'll lend you the 20. Let's go.

You got a pen?

Noah, forget it.

If I were you‒ You're not.

Hey, aren't you gonna eat?

Read this.

Would you act as my second?

What second? I want everything to be absolutely correct.

And I‒ I don't trust myself to arrange it. I might lose my temper.

Are you out of your head? These are the four biggest guys in the company.


What do you weigh?

Never mind what I weigh.

A hundred and thirty-five.

Look, they're only needling you because you had them confined to the post.

Will you arrange the schedule?

Okay. You don't want to help, don't help.

What schedule?

You want me to fight all four guys in one night?

You're crazy.

I don't want to have anything to do with this. Now take it.

Take it!

Okay, Donnelly, so you're a big man.

Nice punch, Donnelly. Come on. I'll buy you a beer.

What do ya know? The little punk gave me a bloody nose.

Come on.

Well, you asked for it.

Teach him a little bit about boxing. Nope. Look out. Look out.

Come on, Burnecker. Finish 'im.

Oh, oh, look.

Lay it into him, Burnie. Okay, Burnie. Knock him on his back.

Ah, don't kill 'im. Oh, not yet anyway. Give him a one, two.

Fix it so he won't want to fight anymore. Come on, Burnie!

Come on. Hold 'im up. He's goin' down. Ah, look out now.

That'll teach you to keep those windows clean.

Give him that one, two, Burnecker.

Look, kid. Look. Fall down, kid. Fall down.

Come on. Finish 'im.

Yes, Whiteacre?

I'm sure you're not aware of it, Captain, but Private Ackerman has been badly beaten... in fights with the biggest men in the company.


He's been seriously hurt, and I'm sure now that you know, you'll want to stop it.

You're quite right, Whiteacre.

If I knew, I would stop it. I'd be obliged to stop it. But then, I don't know.

You know now, sir.

What's the matter with you?

Ackerman isn't one of those rich Broadway producers you have to suck around.

He's just a dogface. Get some sense.

I think you'll have to stop it, sir.

You know, the colonel had a phone call about you out of channels from Washington‒ very much out of channels‒ to transfer you to special service in London.

It's up to me to approve it or disapprove it.

I still think you'll have to stop it, sir. I know the colonel would.

All right, Whiteacre. I'll spell it out for you.

You go to the colonel and you won't get your transfer.

You'll have to be fives times more soldier than any man in this outfit just to stay alive.

Now get out.


Get rid of 'im... today.

Send his papers through. Yes, sir.

Well, I hope you're satisfied.

This makes three beatings in a row. I almost had him though.

How'd he look? Yeah. Who? Cowley?

Better than you do.

What are you trying to prove? Nothin'.

Well, why are you tryin' to kill yourself? I like to fight.

Well, I'm tired of watching you get your brains beat out.

Look, if you fight Brailsford, you're on your own.


That's okay. That's all right.

Michael, I can lick Brailsford.

Well, I don't care.

It's important to me. It's the last fight.

You're crazy. This whole thing has got you crazy. Maybe.

Oh, excuse me, men? Yes, Lieutenant?

I'd like to speak with Ackerman. Certainly, sir.

You'll be around?




Oh. Sorry.

Ackerman, I've been watching the sick book.

In my opinion, you're the most accident-prone soldier in the entire United States Infantry.

I'm careless, sir.

Saturday nights in town you're careless.

Every Saturday night.

On weekdays, you run the roughest obstacle course on the post... without stubbing your toe.

Now why don't you level with me?

I know you're fighting. I think I know why.

This is something for the colonel to handle.

Just give me the word.

Besides, you're getting licked. You're no good to us punch-drunk.

I appreciate it, Lieutenant. Thank you.

But this is my business.

Whiteacre? Yeah?

I've been looking all over the post for you.

Your orders just came through.

You've got 40 minutes to make the train to Washington.


He's all yours, medic.

Don't fall! Don't fall! Don't fall! Don't fall!

Don't fall!

Come on.

Now leave it alone.

You'll get dirt in it.

Ready! Hut!

Ready! Hut!

Ready! Hut!

Attention roll call!

Abbott? Here!

Acaro? Here!



Any of you men seen Ackerman?

Abbott, did Ackerman sleep in his bunk last night?

I don't know, sir. I didn't notice.

Donnelly, did he?

Eyes front, you.

Well, Donnelly?

I don't know, sir. He's at the opposite end of the barracks.

I warn you, men.

I want a straight answer from the next soldier. Cowley!

No, sir. He didn't.

Nobody deserts this company!

When they find 'im, I don't want him in a stockade.

I want him right back here.

He's mine. Yes, sir.

Gentlemen, your attention please!

The briefing will begin.


I will come directly and frankly to the point.

You have heard rumors that our position is deteriorating.

It is.

An American invasion fleet of tremendous strength... is believed to be approaching Tunisia to attack us from the rear.

The British are about to launch a massive frontal offensive.

The resistance at Stalingrad... has bled off fuel and ammunition in unexpected quantities.

We must, therefore, prepare for a breakthrough.

For the present, this information is for you only.

Air attack!


Damn you! Keep awake! I am awake.

Well, you stay that way! Talk to me!

See that you don't fall asleep!

What do you want me to say? Anything. Anything. Just talk.

All right.

How far‒ How far do we have to go now?

About 400 kilometers more.

Seven hours!

I think I must sleep.

If you sleep, you'll wake up in a British prison camp.

Come on! Talk!

I wish I was in the mountains... where it's so cool and peaceful in the snow, so wonderful to feel the wind in your face, clean and nice.

And I like the smell of smoke in the winter... coming from the wood... in the fireplaces.

Talk about something else! Talk about women!

Women! Women!

I have a French girl, Françoise, and I think I can love her.

Was she beautiful? Yes, she was beautiful.

And I wish I was with her... and not on this motorcycle... because I am‒ I am sick of Africa!

And I am sick of the great German army.

And I am sick of doing my duty.

I should have shot you.

What? I said I should have shot you!

I ought to shoot you now!

You'd better learn to drive this first.

You will destroy us!

Men like you poison an army!

You let discipline slip a little one day... and a little more the next day and soon you're nothing!

You are not able to fight at all! I should have shot you!

Why didn't you shoot me then? Because I was an idiot!

Yes! You recognize it! Ja.

You are still infected with a little decent human feelings!

Oh, shut up! Shut up! And you hate that in yourself, don't you?

Shut up! You hate it in yourself-



I want to kiss you.

Why didn't you tell me?

I couldn't.

Besides, there is a law against harboring deserters.

You're not a deserter.

The army knows you told me you gave yourself up.

You all right?


Noah, you know what they're asking me to do?

Sure. Sure.

The lawyer says if you go back to your own company, you won't go to prison.


I'm not trying to tell you what to do. You do what you have to.

Hope, stand up.

Stand up.

Honey, how long is it?

What? How long is it?

Five months. Five months!

Why didn't you tell me?

I could've written you, I guess.

I had to work this out myself.

The doctor said I should stay in bed for a while.

I did.

I guess that's why I didn't write to you.

I wanted to make sure it would be all right.

I don't want this to influence you one way or the other.

Are you glad?

It's wonderful.

Absolutely... wonderful.

Time's up.

Don't worry about me. I'm going back home.

Don't worry at all.

I'm not worried.

Can you imagine?

Listen. Go to the lawyer, and tell him I'll go anyplace they want to send me.

All right, soldier. 'Kay?

I love you.

Not only are you a disgrace to the army, Ackerman, but your actions have caused a black mark to be made against this company... and against me personally.

I'm gonna see that you erase that black mark.

I'm gonna make a soldier out of you if I have to break you in half to do it.

Yes, sir.

You'll get no passes.

You'll be on KP every day for the next week.

Also you'll have the same cot and the same men around you.

You're going to have to make mighty sure any punishments handed out to them... aren't caused by you. Yes, sir.

Now get out of here. I don't want to see you in this orderly room again.

Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.

Captain? Yes?

This is Major Price. The colonel requests that you report to his office.

I'll be right there, Major.

You wish to see me, sir.

There are many kinds of officers that we get in a war, men like Green, Emerson... and a few officers like you.

Fortunately, a very few like you.

Sometimes we find you out. Occasionally we don't.

In your case, we've been lucky.

I've just completed an investigation... of the reasons for Private Ackerman's behavior.

Sir, I can explain. You see‒ I hope you can.

I'll read you the charges that'll be brought against you... at your court-martial.

"That said officer willfully persecuted Private Noah Ackerman..." by ordering mass punishment of his entire company as a means of disciplining him, by willfully and knowingly permitting savage beatings... to be inflicted upon him by members of his company, "by attempting to blackmail Private Michael Whiteacre who interceded in his behalf."

You want me to go on?

I thought not.

I've proffered these charges against you, and...

I officially serve you with them now.

Ah, just put your money in. Never mind the‒ How much? Five bucks.

Hey! Hey, you guys. I think I just seen a ghost.

I don't see anything.

I think it's Ackerman. You're crazy.

Ackerman's in New York living it up.

If it isn't Ackerman, it's somebody who looks like Ackerman.

Nobody looks like Ackerman.

All right. Don't just sit there.

Make room for one more.

I've just found a pigeon with 20 bucks.

Okay. Come on. Who's bettin'? King and queen.

Five. You're out of your mind.

Good afternoon. Good afternoon, Captain. May I help you?

Yes, uh, do you have a Captain Hardenburg in this section?

Yes, he's here. Would it be possible to see him?

Are you a friend of his? Mmm. Yes.

Very good. He's right in there. Go right in.

Thank you.

Captain Hardenburg?

Is that you, Diestl? Yes, sir.

I was just released from my hospital this afternoon, and I came to say good-bye.

That's very nice of you.

Well, are you feeling any better, sir?

Ah, better each day. Good.

But they tell me I will be here for six months.

Six months. Ah, well, I'm sorry that it will be so long for you.

Oh, why sorry?

It gives me the opportunity to think of the future.

I plan to go into politics. Oh, yes.

My face will be a reminder of what I have given for the fatherland.

It will stand me in good stead... before audiences at public meetings.

Well, you know, sir, that... they do remarkable things nowadays with‒ Yes, remarkable. Remarkable.

Glass eyes, plastic noses, reconstructed cheekbones.

I have written to Gretchen in this kind of detail... to prepare her for it.

And she has assured me she is proud of me, and it will make no difference.

Gretchen is the name of my wife.

Yes, I know.

How do you know?

Oh, yes. You delivered a package for me.

She's quite handsome, isn't she?

Yes, sir. She's quite handsome.

She will be very useful to my career.

What I would like for you to do for me is... visit her again... to reassure her.

I know it's a great deal to ask, to speak for a man to his wife under these circumstances, but I want her to hear from a third party that I am... salvageable.

Yes, I-I-I will be glad to do that.

Thank you. Thank you, Diestl.

Now, come closer.

Yes, sir.

Are we alone?

Yes, except for... Yes, it's all right.

I have one more favor to ask of you.

I want you to bring me a bayonet.

A bayonet? Yes, yes. A bayonet.

Well, I think, uh‒ Wh-What is the matter with you?

Not for me.

For him.

He has no hands left... or anything left.

He wants to die.

I've promised him.

He whispers to me... when we are alone.

And he can hear.

He's a watchmaker... in Nuremberg.

He specializes in stopwatches.

He has three children, and he wants to die.

Where is my hand?

Approximately over his heart.


That's where I will place the bayonet.

We have practiced it every night for a week.

Come back tonight with the bayonet.

Diestl, will you bring me the bayonet?

Yes, sir.

Good-bye, Diestl.

Good-bye, sir.

Yes? It's Christian Diestl.


Christian Diestl.

Hello? Oh, the lieutenant.

Yes. Come in.

How are you?

I'm all right. And you?

Forgive me, Lieutenant. I must look awful, but I haven't slept for so many weeks.

We've had so many air raids. Mmm.

Come in. Excuse me.

They come over two or three times a night.

You can't imagine what it's like.

The soldiers at the front would strike under such conditions.

I mean it.

There's no heat, no light.

Oh, yes. I remember.

Sit down.

Thank you.

Did you bring any food from Russia?

Africa. Of course.

My husband's company. Yeah.

All I have left is some kümmel.

No, thanks.

Do you hear from your husband?

He killed himself.

He what? He killed himself with a bayonet.

I have the letter somewhere.

He asked me to come here and speak to you for him.

Perhaps it's just as well.

He wanted to come back here.

Naturally, I didn't encourage him.

I spent a whole night composing a most tactful letter.

I told him, of course, he would be better off in some permanent veteran's hospital.

What are you doing now?

For heaven's sake, Christian, be a little realistic.

You people are getting stranger and stranger.

Stay a little while.

Maybe I can find some vodka.

I make myself pretty for you.




Christian, how wonderful to see you again.

It's good to see you, Brandt.

Oh, no. I can't believe it.

Oh, it was bad, huh?

No. They moved us around a little bit, but you know, it's‒ Listen now, uh, what's the matter with you, being so near the front?

Well, you know me. It was a mistake in the orders.

But you, what are you doing here? Are you stationed here?

No, as a matter of fact, I'm waiting for transportation.

I'm trying to get to Paris.

Let's go someplace where we can talk. I'll buy you a drink for old-time's sake.

Brandt, I see you are a captain from taking pictures.

It's an outrage. I should be a major.

You have no idea how glad I am to see you.

I'll take that. Bring us some glasses.

I've been hanging around here for two days waiting for somebody to go to Paris.

Listen. What are you doing in Paris, Brandt?

Well, my headquarters are there.

This is your headquarters with the blond hair who likes goose liver?

Yeah, yeah. That's the one.

In other words, you have no orders whatsoever.

Only a desire. Yeah, yeah.

Look, Christian, I have also managed to acquire a little French car all my own.

Well, this follows, naturally. Yes, but look.

A poor, old photographer. I wouldn't last an hour before somebody requisitioned it.

But you have combat orders. With you, there would be no questions asked.

You have this car here with you?

Yeah, just near here in a little stable.

Why don't we go now? We'll take the car. All right. Let's go.

Good. Good.

Why don't you have dinner with Simone and me tonight, huh?

Well, that would be very nice, but I think I must report.

Oh, report in the morning. You need some rest.

Brandt, do you ever see Françoise?

Why, of course. She is living with Simone now.

She is living with Simone?

Yeah, sure. She has been for more than a month.

Brandt, would you like to have dinner with Françoise and me tonight?

Very nice. We'd be delighted.

Simone? Simone?

Simone! Wha‒ Simone. Darling.

It's been forever, ja?

Forever, hmm?

Hello, Françoise.


Come in.

Oh, my wonderful friends, I want to thank you for this beautiful night.

I love you for it.

And now I'd like to make a little toast, huh?

Farewell, Captain Brandt of the Army of the Third Reich.

You're drunk, darling.

Say good night to everyone. No, no, no. Christian understands me.

Good night, Captain Brandt.

Tomorrow you'll awaken to your new life‒ Monsieur Brandt, citizen of the world.

Isn't he funny? He has such ideas.

Sit down, Simone. Sit down for a minute.

Christian, I-I know you don't approve, but listen to me for a minute.

Tell me‒ Are we civilized human beings... or are we wild beasts?

A human being knows when he has lost... and he tries to save himself.

When you are put into the army, you are expected to risk your life.

But you are not expected to just throw it away.

After all, in any war, Christian, after all the arms and the legs have been blown off, it doesn't really matter... because nothing really changes.

Good night, my dear friend.


be good to him, ja?

Because he is the best of the best.

All right, all right. Ja.

Come on.


You‒ You won't report him.

Thank you.

You're not the same.

When you are‒ When you are in a hole... filled with your own excrement for days on end,

and when you see the faces and the bodies of the men you've killed, you change.

And when you're out there like that, when you have to live with death every day... for so long, you have to keep something in front of you or you will go insane.

And there were hours...

I was always afraid that I had just invented you.

But I'm real.


Christian, please stay.

There isn't anything for you to fight for.

There never really was.

Christian, you're not the golden warrior anymore, and soon... you will be just another refugee.

Don't throw this away.


Don't throw this away.

I think‒ I think I've come too far.

♪ My mother makes synthetic gin ♪

♪ My brother sells gas without coupons ♪

♪ Oh, what a‒ ♪ What are you staring at?

♪ ♪ The faces of the generals, I don't like 'em.

If there is one thing I cannot stand... it's enlisted men with their air of injured moral superiority.

They don't look like they could lead you up the walls of a German fortress.

Well, don't you worry, honey.

They're not gonna lead you anyplace outside of a London bar.

Let's not start that again. All right...

Go on, dear.

Oops. Here comes another big man.

♪ Bless the long and the short and the tall ♪

No, no, no. Sit down. Sit down, soldier. How are you, Margaret?

I'm all right, Sam, so far.

They are a little early tonight.

Oh. Private Whiteacre, I'd like you to meet General Rockland.

Sam, huh? Nice to know you, sir.

Thank you. Come on over to the bar. Bring your friend.

In a little while. Thank you, Sam.

How long's this been goin' on?

Wouldn't you like to know? And a general too.

Johnny One Note.

Always criticizing officers. Always turning down promotions.

Why do you insist on staying a private?

Guilt, I guess.

Dr. Freud would say I'm punishing myself... because I'm staying out of combat.

Because I'm letting Noah Ackerman do my fighting for me, if you wanna personalize it.

Well, then get into it.

Stop feeling so guilty. It's getting a little sickening.

I'd rather be guilty than dead.

Go on. See Sam.

These things get any closer...

I'll probably chicken out and make a spectacle of myself.

Go on! See Sam.

Go on.

You would, too, wouldn't you? Let me go.

Stay here.

What are you trying to do? Get yourself killed?

General, will you do something for me?

Will you?

I don't know. What is it?

Can you send me back to my old outfit? Where are they?

They're fighting in Normandy. I suppose so.

Why don't you just put in a request through channels?

I don't wanna wait that long.

All right.

Give me your name and your serial number. Yes, sir.

Thank you, General.

Thank you.

Well, now you've done it.

You're practically in a foxhole right now.

That's what you wanted, isn't it? Michael, you big, stupid idiot.

That isn't what I wanted. You don't have to get killed to keep me loving you.

I won't get killed. Believe me, I'll have the deepest foxhole... and the biggest helmet in the whole infantry.

No, you won't. I'll talk to him.

Don't. Margaret, please.

Come here.

Now let that be a lesson to you.

Margaret, I-I have to do this.

I know I'll chicken out afterwards, but by that time it'll be too late.

I'm‒ I'm scared.

Don't be scared. I‒ I‒ I'll come back. I have to come back. How else can I marry you?

Morning, John. Morning, Peter.

Here it is.

Also, the mail may be slow, and I don't want you to worry.

I can't tell you where I am, because the censors wouldn't like it.

If it's not too private, could you read it to us?


"The photograph was wonderful."

I'm delighted with my little girl.

I can see that she is a fine child... straight of limb, quick of mind.

I promise to return to both of you... with a whole body and a whole heart, no matter what happens.

I shall return to tell her stories at bedtime, to feed her spinach... and to teach her how to drink milk out of a glass,

to take her out in the park... and tell her the names of the animals in the zoo,

to explain to her why she must not hit little boys...

"and why she must love her mother as much as her father does."

Write me.

Darling, write me. Write to me, please.

Write me. Love...


They're gettin' close.

Look, I want no firing no matter what happens, till they move up.

Oh, no. No shooting. We're only artillery observers, ya know.

I can still hear the old man. "You boys go on up ahead.

See what we have to clear out. It's easy. Like taking a walk on a peaceful Sunday morning."

What are they doin' out there on a peaceful Sunday morning?

Bless you.

Mother. Mother. Mother.

Here they come.

Put your guns on 'em and make it count. Now!

Don't bunch up down there!


There's no sense in putting it off. We're french fried if we stay here.

Another few minutes before they reorganize. Who wants to go first?

We'll leave by twos and threes.

We'll dissolve the detail in twos and threes.

No need to tell you to be careful. Who's goin' first?

Look, when you get through the Germans‒ I wish I could tell you where our lines are.

But don't expose yourself till it's absolutely necessary.

You don't want to get shot by your own men.

Somebody had better go now.

All right. Yeah.

I'll go too.

What's the matter?

It's all right. It's all right.


What are you doin'? What do you mean? Get your stuff off.

Oh, no, not me. I can't swim. Well, I can't swim either.

It can't be too deep. There's krauts all around us!

Big deal. We'll sit here and wait for 'em.

Those are our guys across there. They're not gonna ask any questions.

The minute we hit that water, they're gonna spray us like sittin' ducks.

Get out of your gear! I'm takin' off nothin'!

I've had enough of this!

Cowley, you can't... I've had enough of you.

I don't know what you're doin', but I'm not doin' it with you. You're nuts!

I can't swim! You understand? Shut up!

Get outta here.

I'm ready. Let's go. I'll go first.

Wait a second. Wait a second. Just dog paddle.

Take it easy. Okay?

Hold onto me. Hold on.

Hey, not here. Not here.

Hey, hey. Here.

Is it bad?

No? No.

Don't try to move.


Hey, you guys! Cut it out! Cut it out!

Hey! Will ya quit shootin'?

We're Company C, Charlie Company. There's only two of us.

And he's wounded.

Gimme a hand.

Gimme a hand, will ya?

You got dog tags? Sure, I got dog tags.

Your name?

Ackerman, 3974287. Okay?

All right, keep your shirt on. We're coming.

Take it easy now. Be careful. Easy, easy.



This here is Red Dog 4.

A couple of guys from C Company just come up.

Ackerman and, uh‒ Burnecker. Burnecker.

Burnecker's wounded. Ackerman ain't got no clothes.

Better get some up here.

Ask him if Lieutenant Green showed up.

What about Green?

Uh-huh. Yeah, I gotcha.

They're all okay.

They just barely made it.

How was it out there?

They're sending up some dry clothes for you.

I found some schnapps. Get you warm.


Oh, Michael.

How'd you get here?

I have a friend that's a general.

I'm pretty big behind the lines. Here, put these on.

What's the matter?

There's still‒ Hey, uh‒ Could one of you, uh, pass the word down the line... to hold fire for, like, 10, 15 minutes?

What gives? There's a guy we left over there.

Vernon, you go down the line and tell those trigger-happy joes... if they see a derriere in the canal, it's one of ours.

Who's out there? Cowley.

Oh, Cowley. Good.

Yeah, except he can't swim. Even better.

Look, you don't owe him anything. Nothing.

No, I don't.

You've just been out there. There are plenty other guys.

How about you, son? You look fat and sassy.

Wait a minute. I just got here.

Besides, I'm a coward.


Cowley? What do you want?

Come on. Let's go. Will you leave me alone?

Cowley, it's not deep.

Damn you, it's not deep!

The guys are waiting for us! Now come on!

No. No, I'm not going.

Okay. Wait!

You all right, Noah? Yeah.

I would like to speak with your commandant, please. Ja, Kapitän.

Enter, Kapitän.

Yes? I was wondering if you had some food, sir.

We have no food. We've already been cleaned out by deserters.

I'm not a deserter.

My company has defected, I am without command and I have not eaten anything in two days.

Forgive me, Captain. Sit down. Pour yourself some coffee.

It's a relief to find someone who still has some sense of discipline left.

How close are the Americans?

Well, I think they are‒ I don't know‒ five minutes or five hours.

I'm sorry. That's all that's left. Thank you.

Everything is gone.

Colonels and generals passing by, snatching the food out of my hands, throwing away their uniforms.

Unbelievable. My men are running too.

This organization is falling apart in front of my eyes.

I'm sorry.

Are you hurt? No.

I can see you had a bad time.

Well, so did I.

I have my wounds, too, even if you don't see them.

Running a concentration camp is not a picnic, believe me, with all the gas chambers, target ranges, doctors with their experiments.

I had an extermination quota of 1,500 people a day...

Jews, Poles, Russians, French, political prisoners.

And I had only 260 men to do it. Still I managed it.

Then they sent memorandums from Berlin, inspectors running, shouting, "In Auschwitz they kill 20,000 a day."

I know who it is.

It's Berlin again... for the fourth time today.



Very near. A few miles.

I told you. All right, I didn't tell you.

I told whoever it was that called.

I have 10 men left. How can I kill everybody in the camp?

Don't you understand? The equipment is not working.

Nothing is working.

I don't care what they did in Buchenwald.

I'm here alone, and I have no personnel left!

You know what this is, this phone call?

They want me to kill every man, woman and child in the camp before the Americans get here.

6,000 people.

And the man who asked me to do this‒ this same man‒ will walk the streets free.

And they will come to him, the Americans, the Russians, and he will say, "I've never heard of concentration camps."

He will say there never was a national policy to kill 12 million people.

The SS invented it.

Nobody in the government ever heard of it.

And I'll be here trying to explain to the Americans.

Do you know, the Americans may not understand what they see here.

They may not know that the German officer‒ our kind of officer‒ does what he's ordered to do.

Well, we at least know... what is important...

The courage to stay and face the enemy... and the honor to be able to say, "I have done my duty for the fatherland."

What's the matter?

My God.

Captain, this is the mayor of the town we just came through on our way up here.

He says he can send a gang of civilians in to help us.

As I was telling the sergeant, Captain, we have heard some of your most important generals and newspapermen are on their way up here.

I can provide you with a number of my townspeople... who will help you to clean up this place‒ Yes?

Excuse me.

My name is Joseph Silverson. I am a rabbi.


I do not wish to annoy the officer, but I have a request to make.

Yes, what is it?

Thousands have died here.

More will die tonight, tomorrow.

Sorry, Rabbi. We're doing all we can.

Of course. I know that.

But there's nothing to be done for them.

Nothing material. We understand that.

All efforts must be for the living.

What I am asking for is a luxury.


I ask to be permitted to collect all of us, the living and those without hope, and hold a religious service‒ a service for the dead who have come to their end here.

There has never been a religious service for us in this place.

Permit me, Captain. I don't like to intrude.

I understand why the rabbi has made this request, but this is not the time for it.

I'm a European. I understand things perhaps the captain doesn't understand.

If you allow this gentleman to hold the services, I'm obliged to warn you.

There will be riots. The other prisoners will not stand for it, and... the generals who are coming will not like what they see.

The, uh, other prisoners will not stand for it and the generals will not like it?

That's a fact. I guarantee it.

I'm gonna guarantee something myself.

I'm gonna guarantee that you‒ you'll hold your services.

I'm also gonna guarantee that machine guns will be set up... on the roofs of the buildings.

And further, I will guarantee that anyone who attempts to interfere with those services... will be fired upon by those machine guns.

And further, I guarantee that if you ever try to come into this place again, I will personally break your neck.

That is all.

Thank you very much, sir.

Ackerman, you're not needed around here. Go take a walk outside the camp.

Thank you, sir.


How do you feel?

Fine, fine.

I never‒ Did you ever imagine it could be like that?


My father's brother died in one of those.

Did you see them? The ovens?

Yeah, yeah.

Did I ever tell you about my father? No.

When that guy started to talk to Green...

I could've gone outside and blown my brains out.

I felt the same way.

And then Green said, "I guarantee. I guarantee."

I don't know. I got a lot of hope for Captain Green.

You know what? When this war's over, Green is gonna be running the world.

There are millions of him. Millions! They're human beings.

There are millions, millions of them! They're gonna run the world!