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Movie Monday: Battleground

Set during WWII's Battle of Bulge, Battleground is an award winning box office hit that delves beneath the gritty surface action of guns and bombs, portraying the story of the true human experience  and shedding light on under told aspects of war. The focus of the film lies on the soldiers of a company in the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division as they toil through the Siege of Bastogne, depicting their courage in battle along with their doubts, fears and vulnerability as human beings, setting this movie apart from the rest because of its grim honesty. Directed by William Wellman, Battleground stars John Hodiak, George Murphy, James Whitmore, Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban and won two Oscars for Cinematography and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay along with two Golden Globes for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor to James Whitmore. Considered the first eminent film to be released after the end of the war, Battleground fuses an honest portrayal of American soldiers with spectacular wartime reenactments making it a Cockpit USA favorite and Movie Monday pick of the week!

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