Bitter Victory

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  • Genre(s): Drama War
  • Release year: 1957
  • Running time: 82 min
A World War II drama starring Richard Burton (Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor, Equus, 1977and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, 1966) and Curt Jurgens (The Spy Who Loved Me) as Captain Leith and Major Brand, a pair of British Army officers... read more
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A World War II drama starring Richard Burton (Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor, Equus, 1977and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, 1966) and Curt Jurgens (The Spy Who Loved Me) as Captain Leith and Major Brand, a pair of British Army officers assigned to execute a daring commando raid on the Libyan stronghold of General Rommel. Before the mission even begins, the tension between the two is evident, a situation that is only exacerbated when Brand learns that Leith was once romantically involved with his wife, Jane (Ruth Roman, TV's Knott's Landing ). Once the operation is underway, Brand's cowardice forced Leith to step in and kill a German soldier. This act only adds to Brand's hatred for his second-in-command and as it grows, a series of disasters threaten the men and the successor their mission. Who will live, who will die, and what price honor?

Original Release

08/28/1957

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Cast

Richard Burton Capt. Leith
Curd Jürgens Major David Brand
Ruth Roman Jane Brand
Raymond Pellegrin Mekrane
Anthony Bushell General Paterson
Alfred Burke Lt. Colonel Callander
Christopher Lee Sgt. Barney
Ramón de Larrocha Lieutenant Sanders (as Ramon De Larrocha)
Ronan O'Casey Sergeant Dunnigan
Fred Matter Oberst Lutze
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Nicholas Ray

Writers

René Hardy, Nicholas Ray, Gavin Lambert, Paul Gallico, Vladimir Pozner

Cast

Richard Burton Capt. Leith
Curd Jürgens Major David Brand
Ruth Roman Jane Brand
Raymond Pellegrin Mekrane
Anthony Bushell General Paterson
Alfred Burke Lt. Colonel Callander
Christopher Lee Sgt. Barney
Ramón de Larrocha Lieutenant Sanders (as Ramon De Larrocha)
Ronan O'Casey Sergeant Dunnigan
Fred Matter Oberst Lutze
Raoul Delfosse Lieutenant Kassel
Andrew Crawford Private Roberts
Nigel Green Private Wilkins
Harry Landis Private Browning
Christian Melsen Private Abbot
Sumner Williams Private Anderson
Joé Davray Private Spicer (as Joe Davray)
Sean Kelly Lieutenant Barton

Producers

Robert Laffont Executive Producer
Janine Graetz Executive Producer
Paul Graetz Producer

Editors

Léonide Azar

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