After years of apprenticeship on the stage and in television, Robert Redford finally made his feature-film debut in this odd, low-budget war film. He plays the new man, a replacement sent to a front-line platoon under Aidman's command in Korea. Under the tutelage of the other men, many
of them WW II veterans, Redford quickly loses his illusions about war and heroism. He also meets Saxon, a private who goes on solitary nocturnal patrols with his face blackened, stalking and killing North Koreans in the darkness. The other men keep their distance from Saxon, and Aidman, who finds
these prowlings a useful source of information, leaves him alone. Saxon's only companion...