Bitter Victory

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Product Overview

A british captain goes on a raid in world war II libya with a major he knows his wife has slept with.


Studio Sony
SKU 40704714
UPC 043396106703
UPC 14 00043396106703
Format DVD
Release Date 6/27/2006
Rating NR
Based On A Novel
Love Affairs
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note Nicholas Ray's (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE) masterpiece of anti-war sentiment is one of his lesser-known films, but it is nonetheless possessed of a subtle complexity and existential ambiguity that render it one of his most poignant. Set during WWII and unfolding mostly in the deserts of Libya, the film establishes a rivalry between its two main characters from the very beginning. The charismatic Captain James Leith (Richard Burton, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF) and his cowardly superior, Major David Brand (Curt Jurgens, AND GOD CREATED WOMAN), both accept a dangerous assignment to be sent to Libya to recover top-secret documents. Before they depart, Brand sees his wife Jane (Ruth Roman, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN) dancing with the Captain, and becomes enflamed with jealousy; it turns out that Leith and Jane were lovers before the war. The rest of the exposition traces the two men's journey, made even more perilous by their intense enmity, and moves toward a climactic ending that plays up the absurdity of war. Refusing to draw a clear division between hero and villain, Ray highlights the way war ultimately reduces everyone to the same petty motivations and empty rhetoric.
Nicholas Ray
Richard Burton
Ruth Roman
Curt Jurgens
Cast & Crew
Anthony Bushell - Actor
Curd Jurgens - Actor
Jean d'Eaubonne - Production Designer
Leonide Azar - Editor
Maurice Leroux - Musical Score
Michael Kelber - Cinematographer
Nicholas Ray - Director
Nicholas Ray - Writer
Paul Graetz - Producer
Raymond Pellegrin - Actor
Rene Hardy - Based On Novel By
Richard Burton - Actor
Ruth Roman - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1957
Catalog ID 10670
UPC 00043396106703
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Japanese
Available Audio Tracks English
Venice Film Festival (1957) Nicholas Ray, Nominee, Golden Lion
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Mono Audio, Black & White, Japanese, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Burton,Richard
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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