August 1944: proceeding with the invasion of France, Patton's Third Army has advanced so far toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To keep up the momentum, Allied HQ establishes an elite military truck route. One (racially integrated) platoon of this Red Ball Express encounters private enmities, bypassed enemy pockets, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions, leavened by a touch of comedy. Jeff Chandler plays the steely eyed commander of this bunch of formerly civilian truck drivers now chosen as a unit to supply Patton's advancing army with needed fuel, Chandler's job is to weld this disparate bunch into a unit and he succeeds despite a lot of racial tension. The unit is integrated, with Hugh O'Brian (say it ain't so, Wyatt!) as the racist, with Sydney Poitier refusing to take anything from him, and the sergeant (Alex Nicol) who has major prewar Issues. One of the great stories of World War II was the rapid advance across France of Patton's army after the breakout from the Normandy beachhead. He could have never done it without the heroic efforts of the men depicted in this movie. It was Ike's and Patton's secret weapon and this picture an admirable tribute to them.
Region 1 USA and Canada playable.
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