1944. 2nd Lt Joe Mallory, fresh out of Officer Candidate School, takes command of a veteran platoon of the US 1st Infantry Division. The company commander, Captain Tom Hale, is the former commander of the platoon and a tough taskmaster. Luckily Mallory has a very capable and experienced platoon sergeant, Pete Bell. The allies will soon invade Nazi-occupied France and Mallory's leadership abilities will be tested to the limit.Written by
Features two actors who would play prominent roles in the Star Trek universe: David Brian who played John Gill in the original series "Patterns of Force" ('67), and William Campbell who played Trelane in "The Squire of Gothos" and also Koloth in both "The Trouble with Tribbles" ('67) and DS9 "Blood Oath" ('94). See more »
At one point, a German soldier throws a grenade which explodes at least five feet from where it landed. See more »
5 years after the war ended, it is under appreciated for it's strengths. Despite it formulaic plot, it does two things exceptionally well that very few other war flix do. First, it puts face on the OCS shavetail. The 90 day wonder was a necessary evil in protracted war but the results are often disastrous. Breakthrough does a nice job of following Agar from overstuffed newbie to battle tested leader. It's a best case scenario but it is also completely plausible because of the primacy of the selfless NCO. Second, it makes the necessity to protect personal sanity by reducing replacements to things. Good leader want to get close...great leaders understand they can't get to close...they may have to send them to their death.
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