ATTACK

(1956)
With Eddie Albert, Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Buddy Ebsen, William Smithers
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

    One of the most unique and offbeat war films, Robert Aldrich's ATTACK manages to expose military corruption as it celebrates military heroism.  Eddie Albert's cowardly, sniveling Captain Cooney is perhaps the most powerful performance of his career (and astonishing from an actor best known for light comedy).  As the soldier committed to "kill Cooney with my bare hands," Jack Palance is at his pop-eyed manic best, and Lee Marvin oozes well-polished slime as the Colonel determined to protect Cooney because of his political connections.  A great cult film with a seemingly trite title that becomes fittingly ironic in context. 4 ½ - JL

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