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Battle of the Bulge-1 6682

 Von Diepel: General Kohler says we are behind schedule. He wants to know what's holding us up.

Col. Martin Hessler: Tell the general the Americans are learning how to retreat.


Battle of the Bulge is a 1965 war movie about the famous World War II battle of the same name, starring Henry Fonda as a maverick American intelligence officer and Robert Shaw as his ruthless Nazi opponent. Also stars Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, and Robert Ryan. The feature was filmed in Ultra Panavision 70 and exhibited in 70 mm Cinerama.

The movie is frequently broadcast on American television in The Seventies, and is completely made up, and doesn't match any of the actual Battle of the Bulge in Dec 1944 though Jan 1945, with the sole exception of the Malmedy Massacre and the 101st Airborne rejecting the German demand for surrender during the Siege of Bastogne.

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Kiley: The last time I saw [Hessler], all I had was a camera.


Kiley: They got me mad at them.

  • Badass Mustache: Wolenski.
  • Battle Epic
  • Bigger Bad: General Kohler and to some extent, Hitler, serve this role.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Germans are defeated, but numerous Allied lives are lost in the long run.
  • Cassandra Truth: Kiley′s warnings that the Germans will launch a huge offensive fall into deaf ears. It wasn′t until just before the Siege of Ambleve that Colonel Pritchett apologizes to him.
  • Child Soldiers: Some of the crewmen in Hessler′s battalion are Hitler Youth members.
  • Colonel Badass + Colonel Kilgore: Hessler is a mix of both. Aside from the fact that he is a Panzer ace, he loves to fight, much to Conrad′s dismay.
  • Compressed Adaptation: To elaborate: The actual battle lasted for at least one month. In this movie, the battle apparently lasted for only a few days, considering that Hessler has a 50-hour countdown to win the battle.
  • Cool Old Guy: Kiley, considering that Henry Fonda is pushing 60s at the time of filming.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Conrad snaps when Hessler flat-out tells him (in a case of Suicidal Overconfidence) that the war will go on, and his sons will participate in it.
  • Determinator: Both Kiley and Hessler.
  • The Dragon: The infantry commander Von Diepel, whose troops escort Hessler′s tanks. Though for some reason, he wears a Panzer uniform.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Schumacher′s mission. Throughout the movie, he and his men are disguised as American MPs.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Hessler is not pleased when he finds out about the Malmedy massacre, warning Kohler that it′ll inspire the Americans to fight harder.
  • General Failure: Colonel Pritchett.
  • Glory Hound: Hessler.
  • Hollywood History
  • It's Raining Men: How Schumacher and his men are deployed.
  • Jaded Washout: Conrad.
  • Leitmotif: Panzerlied for the Germans.
  • Karma Houdini: General Kohler.
  • Mighty Glacier: German tanks, when compared to American tanks. See also No Sell.
  • Military Maverick: Lt. Colonel Kiley and Major Wolenski.
  • The Neidermeyer: The incompetent Lt. Grey, who gets chastised by a Sergeant while escaping from the Germans.
  • Non-Action Guy: Any high-ranking officer wno isn′t Kiley, Weaver, Wolenski, Schumacher, or Hessler.
  • No Sell: Most of the German tanks just shrug off any attacks like nothing happened. Hessler even lampshades this late in the movie. See also Mighty Glacier.
  • Off-Model: Aside from the fact that almost none of the tanks seen in the movie are historically accurate, some of the tanks appear to be portrayed by fake-looking, Tsuburaya-esque miniatures in some of the shots. It′s rather jarring, to say the least.
  • Plunger Detonator
  • Road Sign Reversal: During the attack, Schumacher and his men switch the road signs around, making it appear that the road to Malmedy leads to Ambleve. The U.S. troops (including Weaver) going to Ambleve follow the sign and are captured by the Germans, leading to the Malmedy Massacre.
  • Sergeant Rock: Guffy.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Heavily implied with Conrad.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: How the Germans are able to catch the Allies off-guard. This is also what caused the Germans to be defeated.

Joe: The war′s over! I hear GHQ′s cutting orders to ship us home for Christmas!

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