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Sgt. Thorne Ryan, who once fought bravely in Korea, now serves as a hard-nosed drill instructor to new Army recruits at Fort Bliss, Texas. But is he really the man he is often described as? His fellow instructor, and friend helps him to face the ghosts of his past experiences in Korea. One night in a bar across the border in Juarez, Mexico, Sgt. Ryan meets a lady who begins to turn his life around. Will this be enough to help him deal with the past? Or will he continue to be so hard on his troops?

  1. Richard Brooks


  2. Millard Kaufman


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  1. Richard Widmark

    Richard Widmark

    Sgt. Thorne Ryan

  2. Karl Malden

    Karl Malden

    Sgt. Laverne Holt

  3. Elaine Stewart

    Elaine Stewart

    Julie Mollison

  4. Carleton Carpenter

    Carleton Carpenter

    Merton 'Tex' Tolliver

  5. Russ Tamblyn

    Russ Tamblyn

    Paul Jamison

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Take the High Ground!
Take the High Ground!



Status Released

Release Information

  • October 30, 1953


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 41m

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