In The Men producer Stanley Kramer turns to the difficult cinematic subject of paraplegics, so expertly treated as to be sensitive, moving and yet, withal, entertaining and earthy-humored.
From the opening shot, a tensely-played battle scene where Lieutenant Wilozek (Marlon Brando) suffers his crushing wound, The Men maintains its pace and interest. Thereafter, the film centers on the overwhelming problems of paralyzed vets who must be convinced that their wounds are incurable and that they must yet fight their way to a useful existence.
While the film personalizes the story of Wilozek and his fiancee (Teresa Wright), the camera’s scope is broader.
Brando, who film-debuts as Wilozek, fails to deliver the necessary sensitivity and inner warmth.
1950: Nomination: Best Story & Screenplay