The Men

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Fred Zinnemann's sensitive film on the plight of paraplegic WWII veterans features Marlon Brando in his superbly moving screen debut. He plays Lt. Bud Wilozek, one of a group of veterans recovering in the paraplegic ward of a hospital in his hometown. His former fiancée, Ellen (Teresa Wright), explains to his physician, Dr. Brock (Everett Sloane), her concern about his isolation and apparent depression since he has broken their engagment and refuses to see her. He counsels her to be patient, but when he decides to broach the issue with Bud, the embittered patient reacts angrily to the doctor's intrusiveness, and continues to refuse to see Ellen. The doctor cajoles the withdrawn paraplegic into the life of the ward, where fellow patients begin to pull Bud out of his spiritual miasma. At length, his sense of hope starts to return, and after seeing Ellen for the first time in months, he begins to contemplate the possibility of marriage.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 25m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • July 20, 1950



Cast 11

  1. Marlon Brando

    Marlon Brando
    Ken Wilcheck/Bud

  2. Teresa Wright

    Teresa Wright
    Elly Wilosek

  3. Everett Sloane

    Everett Sloane
    Dr. Brock

  4. Jack Webb

    Jack Webb

  5. Richard Erdman
  6. AJ
  7. VF

    Virginia Farmer
    Nurse Robbins

  8. Dorothy Tree

    Dorothy Tree
    Ellen's Mother

  9. Howard St. John

    Howard St. John
    Ellen's Father

  10. NH

    Nita Hunter

  11. PJ

Crew 8


  1. RS

    Rudolph Sternad
    Production Design

  2. EG

    Edward G. Boyle
    Set Decoration


  1. RD

    Robert De Grasse
    Director of Photography


  1. Fred Zinnemann

    Fred Zinnemann


  1. HW


  1. Stanley Kramer

    Stanley Kramer


  1. DT

    Dimitri Tiomkin
    Original Music Composer


  1. Carl Foreman

    Carl Foreman

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