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The Men is a 1950 American drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann, written by Carl Foreman, and starring Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright and Everett Sloane. Despite the film's commercial failure, it marked Brando’s film debut.

The Men
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Produced by Stanley Kramer
Written by Carl Foreman
Starring Marlon Brando
Teresa Wright
Everett Sloane
Jack Webb
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography Robert De Grasse
Edited by Harry W. Gerstad
Stanley Kramer Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • July 20, 1950 (1950-07-20)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English



A World War II lieutenant is seriously injured in combat, and faces struggles as he attempts to re-enter society.



Critical receptionEdit

Upon release, The Men received generally positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 70% critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7/10. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times gave the film a positive review and wrote: "Stern in its intimations of the terrible consequences of war, this film is a haunting and affecting, as well as a rewarding, drama to have at this time."[1] Variety also gave a favorable review, and noted: "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."[2]


The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Crowther, Bosley (July 21, 1950). "Movie Review: The Men". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Variety Staff (December 31, 1949). "Review: 'The Men'". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-14. 

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