[PW] 1968 Press Conference by Former President Eisenhower

T.F. Mills phasco at earthlink.net
Wed Jun 10 05:47:28 PDT 2015

On 10 Jun 2015 at 1:30, Bill Davis wrote:

> Henry Fonda turned over some barrels of gasoline and won the war. 

This movie easily makes most people's worst war movies ever list, including 

"Not even an all-star cast of Hollywood heavy-hitters like Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and 
Robert Shaw could salvage this two-and-a-half hour train wreck about Hitler´s failed December 
1944 Ardennes Offensive. Aside from a dreadful script, the movie is riddled with technical fouls 
that render it almost unwatchable to most war film buffs. Most egregious of all however is the 
picture´s climactic tank battle scene, which was filmed on a bright, sunny and entirely 
snowless Spanish prairie - a poor stand-in for the rugged woodlands of Belgium in winter. In 
fact, the filmmakers got it so wrong on so many counts, former President Dwight D. 
Eisenhower, who commanded the Allied armies in Europe during the war, emerged from private 
life to let the national media know just how much he hated The Battle of the Bulge."  


It is indeed such a ridiculous movie that I am surprised that principals like Eisenhower felt 
compelled to comment on it.  Perhaps it was the psychological factor of an all-star cast that 
led some to fear that a moronic audience would absorb it as real history.  That's the problem 
with an entertainment celebrity culture:  they lend authority to everything and anything.

T.F. Mills 
(Colorado, USA)

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