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->'''Von Diepel:''' General Kohler says we are behind schedule. He wants to know what's holding us up.
->'''Col. Martin Hessler:''' Tell the general the Americans are learning how to retreat.

''Battle of the Bulge'' is a 1965 war movie about the famous UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battle of the same name, starring Henry Fonda as a maverick American intelligence officer and Robert Shaw as his ruthless Nazi opponent. Also stars Creator/CharlesBronson, TellySavalas, and Robert Ryan. The feature was filmed in Ultra Panavision 70 and exhibited in 70 mm Cinerama. Unlike most World War II epics, it contains virtually no portrayals of actual senior Allied leaders, civilian or military. This is presumably because of controversies surrounding the battle, both during the war and after. Though Allied forces ultimately won the battle, the initial Nazi counteroffensive caught them by surprise and caused high casualties. Frequently broadcast on American television in TheSeventies. The film itself is completely made up, and doesn't really match any of the actual Battle of the Bulge moments in Dec 1944 though Jan 1945, with the sole exception of the Malmedy Massacre.

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!!Associated Tropes:

* AchillesHeel: Kiley discovers that [[spoiler: the Germans are so low on gas that they are foraging for it.]]
* AllStarCast
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Too many to count.
* BloodKnight: Hessler.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The whole film is shot in Spain.
* CassandraTruth: No one believes it when Kieley says the Germans are preparing for a major offensive.
* ChekhovsGun: The gasoline barrels.
* ColonelBadass[=/=][[ColonelKilgore Kilgore]]: Hessler
* CurbstompBattle: The Germans' initial assault against the allies, until the allies are able to devise a way to prevent the Germans from getting their hands on more [[spoiler: gasoline]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: "NUTS"
* DressingAsTheEnemy: The German commandos' tactic.
* GeneralFailure: Colonel Pritchett.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Once he learns what happened to [[spoiler: Louise]] the now former curmudgeon [[spoiler: Sgt. Guffy]] becomes one.
* HollywoodHistory: No historical characters (they're all fictional), TanksButNoTanks, and so on.
* ItsRainingMen
* MilitaryMaverick: Major Wolenski (Creator/CharlesBronson).
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Hessler is based on and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally]] going to be Joachim Peiper, before being changed to avoid getting sued.
* PlungerDetonator
* RoadSignReversal: During the attack, German infiltrators switch the road signs around, making it appear that the road to Malmedy leads to Ambleve. The U.S. troops going to Ambleve follow the sign and are captured by the Germans, leading to the Malmedy Massacre.
* TanksButNoTanks: Probably the most glaring cinematic example ever. American M47 Patton tanks were mocked up as German Panzer VI Königstiger and M24 Chaffee tanks were called "Sherman M4" (while only two Chaffees saw battle in December 1944), let alone the wrong painting on the "Tigers". Watching this movie is just baffling for UsefulNotes/WW2 buffs, historians and model makers.
* TookALevelInBadass: Lieutenant Weaver
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
* YouMonster: Conrad accuses Hessler of this towards the end of the film.
-->'''Conrad''': ''[upon being called a traitor by Hessler]'' And you are a murderer. You would murder my sons, you would murder my country, and you would murder the whole world, to stay in that uniform!
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