Battle of the Bulge (1965)

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  Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by
  Sidney Harmon
  Milton Sperling
  Philip Yordan
Written by
  Bernard Gordon
  John Melson
  Milton Sperling
  Philip Yordan
Narrated by William Conrad
  Henry Fonda
  Robert Shaw
  Robert Ryan
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Editing by Derek Parsons
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date(s) December 16, 1965
DVD Release: 2005
Running time: 167 minutes
Language: English

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Battle of the Bulge is a widescreen war film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews and Charles Bronson. The feature was filmed in Ultra Panavision 70 and exhibited in 70 mm Cinerama.

Battle of the Bulge had its world premiere on December 16, 1965, the 21st anniversary of the battle, at the Pacific Cinerama Dome Theatre in Hollywood, California. The original VHS release of the film for home video use was heavily edited and used a full screen "pan and scan" technique often employed in network telecasts of widescreen motion pictures. The DVD (released in 2005), however, is uncut and uses a "letterbox" format that includes the proper aspect ratio of the original film; it also includes some special features.

The filmmakers attempted to condense a battle that stretched across parts of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg and lasted nearly a month into under 3 hours. They also shot parts of the film on terrain that did not resemble actual battle locations. This left them open to criticism for lack of historical accuracy, but they claimed in the end credits that they had 're-organised' the chronological order of events to maximise the dramatic story.

Unlike most World War II epics, Battle of the Bulge contains virtually no portrayals of actual senior Allied leaders, civilian or military. This is presumably because of controversies surrounding the battle, both during the war and after. Though Allied forces ultimately won the battle, the initial Nazi counteroffensive caught them by surprise and caused high casualties.

[SOURCE: Wikipedia]