An excellent film, BATTLEGROUND tells the story of a squad of American foot soldiers trapped by the Germans in Bastogne in 1944. A wide assortment of MGM actors--none of them overreaching the prosaic dimensions of his character--play this cross-section of citizens, including Johnson, a
wisecracking, girl-chasing GI "inconvenienced" by the war; and Hodiak, a conscientious small-time newspaperman turned soldier. (At one point, when food is running out in the besieged town, Johnson and Hodiak see an old woman picking through a garbage can. "I don't see that," Johnson says in
disgust, turning away. "Well, I see it," retorts Hodiak. "I'll always see it and I never want ...