During World War I, commanding officer General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his subordinate, General Mireau (George Macready), to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas), to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face.

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  1. Stanley Kubrick

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Humphrey Cobb


  3. Calder Willingham


  4. Jim Thompson


Top Billed Cast

  1. Kirk Douglas

    Kirk Douglas

    Col. Dax

  2. Ralph Meeker

    Ralph Meeker

    Cpl. Philippe Paris

  3. Adolphe Menjou

    Adolphe Menjou

    Gen. George Broulard

  4. George Macready

    George Macready

    Gen. Paul Mireau

  5. Wayne Morris

    Wayne Morris

    Lt. Roget/Singing man

  6. Richard Anderson

    Richard Anderson

    Maj. Saint-Auban

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 28m

Budget $935,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 25, 1957
    NR, Theatrical



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