You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Take the High Ground

Take the High Ground is an absorbing study of the training that makes tough, fighting GIs out of raw civilians. It has meticulous attention to detail and authenticity of incident.

Cast:
Richard Widmark Karl Malden Elaine Stewart Russ Tamblyn Carleton Carpenter Steve Forrest

Take the High Ground is an absorbing study of the training that makes tough, fighting GIs out of raw civilians. It has meticulous attention to detail and authenticity of incident.

There’s the strictly general-issue top sergeant intent on making fighting men out of callow youths; the non-com who uses a softer, more the understanding good fellow, approach to the fresh recruits; the mixed-up girl whose drinking covers a great sorrow; and the assorted trainee types, brash, shy, cowardly.

In the script treatment and under Brooks’ direction, however, these standard forms take on new life and become interesting people whose careers through the plot attract the attention and hold it.

Richard Widmark comes over very strongly as the tough top sarg. Karl Malden is the understanding sergeant and he too gives the character life and feeling. Elaine Stewart is the mixed-up girl and, as the only credited femme in the cast, makes much of her part.

1953: Best Story & Screenplay

Take the High Ground

Production: M-G-M. Director Richard Brooks; Producer Dore Schary; Screenplay Millard Kaufman; Camera John Alton; Editor John Dunning; Music Dimitri Tiomkin; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Edward Carfagno

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Richard Widmark Karl Malden Elaine Stewart Russ Tamblyn Carleton Carpenter Steve Forrest

More Film

  • Stranger Things Season 2

    Halloween Costume Ideas 2017

    Take the High Ground is an absorbing study of the training that makes tough, fighting GIs out of raw civilians. It has meticulous attention to detail and authenticity of incident. There’s the strictly general-issue top sergeant intent on making fighting men out of callow youths; the non-com who uses a softer, more the understanding good […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'Thor: Ragnarok' Tracking for $100 Million-Plus Opening in North America

    Take the High Ground is an absorbing study of the training that makes tough, fighting GIs out of raw civilians. It has meticulous attention to detail and authenticity of incident. There’s the strictly general-issue top sergeant intent on making fighting men out of callow youths; the non-com who uses a softer, more the understanding good […]

  • DORA THE EXPLORER

    Film News Roundup: Live-Action 'Dora the Explorer' Moves Forward With Nick Stoller

    Take the High Ground is an absorbing study of the training that makes tough, fighting GIs out of raw civilians. It has meticulous attention to detail and authenticity of incident. There’s the strictly general-issue top sergeant intent on making fighting men out of callow youths; the non-com who uses a softer, more the understanding good […]

  • BMG Production Music

    BMG Production Music Expands with Acquisition of Movie Marketing Mainstay

    Take the High Ground is an absorbing study of the training that makes tough, fighting GIs out of raw civilians. It has meticulous attention to detail and authenticity of incident. There’s the strictly general-issue top sergeant intent on making fighting men out of callow youths; the non-com who uses a softer, more the understanding good […]

  • Rohit Jain Lionsgate

    Lionsgate Taps Rohit Jain as Head of Mumbai Office

    Take the High Ground is an absorbing study of the training that makes tough, fighting GIs out of raw civilians. It has meticulous attention to detail and authenticity of incident. There’s the strictly general-issue top sergeant intent on making fighting men out of callow youths; the non-com who uses a softer, more the understanding good […]

  • Drew Goddard Nevermoor

    Drew Goddard Producing 'Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow' for Fox

    Take the High Ground is an absorbing study of the training that makes tough, fighting GIs out of raw civilians. It has meticulous attention to detail and authenticity of incident. There’s the strictly general-issue top sergeant intent on making fighting men out of callow youths; the non-com who uses a softer, more the understanding good […]

  • Kirby Dick Amy Ziering

    'Hunting Ground' Filmmakers Working on Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary

    Take the High Ground is an absorbing study of the training that makes tough, fighting GIs out of raw civilians. It has meticulous attention to detail and authenticity of incident. There’s the strictly general-issue top sergeant intent on making fighting men out of callow youths; the non-com who uses a softer, more the understanding good […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content