Paths of Glory

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1957 Stanley Kubrick film in which, in WWI, a French general seeking a promotion orders a small number of soldiers to take a hill which they clearly can not take. Most of them die; of those who survive and escape back to their own lines, three are chosen arbitrarily and put on trial for treason, punishable by death. Stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, who leads the attack and defends the three men at their trial, and George Macready as the general who orders the impossible assault. Based on a true story.