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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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Directed byFred Zinnemann
Produced byStanley Kramer
Written byCarl Foreman
StarringMarlon Brando
Teresa Wright
Everett Sloane
Jack Webb
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
CinematographyRobert De Grasse
Edited byHarry W. Gerstad
Stanley Kramer Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • July 20, 1950 (1950-07-20)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States



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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