Bitter Victory


A commander receives a citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved as the commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.

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  1. René Hardy

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Nicholas Ray

    Director, Screenplay

  3. Gavin Lambert


Top Billed Cast

  1. Richard Burton

    Richard Burton

    Capt. Leith

  2. Curd Jürgens

    Curd Jürgens

    Major David Brand

  3. Ruth Roman

    Ruth Roman

    Jane Brand

  4. Christopher Lee

    Christopher Lee

    Sgt. Barney

  5. Raymond Pellegrin

    Raymond Pellegrin


  6. Anthony Bushell

    Anthony Bushell

    General Paterson

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 22m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • March 3, 1958



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Deconstructing Machismo.

Bitter Victory is directed by Nicholas Ray and adapted to screenplay from the novel of the same name written by Rene Hardy. It stars Richard Burton, Curd Jurgens, Ruth Roman, Raymond Pellegrin, Christopher Lee and Nigel Green. Music is by Maurice Leroux and cinematography by Michel Kelber.

It’s a film that has proved most divisive over the years, where some have seen fit to devote in depth studies to it, others have bitingly dismissed it as a stretch to far in pretentious posturing. Personally I found it rather dull, a dreary trudge through the World War... read the rest.

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