Like a title fight between the two greatest actors of their generation, The Young Lions cares less about adapting Irwin Shaw's anti-war bestseller (which it subsequently mangles) than allowing Montgomery Clift's neurasthenic Private Ackerman and Marlon Brando's fey Nazi officer to out-Method each other on camera. Though the two icons only share one incidental scene, their separate contributions are still electrifying.

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The Young Lions

Like a title fight between the two greatest actors of their generation, The Young Lions cares less about adapting Irwin Shaw’s anti-war bestseller (which it subsequently mangles) than allowing Montgomery Clift’s neurasthenic Private Ackerman and Marlon Brando’s fey Nazi officer to out-Method each other on camera. Though the two icons only share one incidental scene, their separate contributions are still electrifying.