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Tricia's retro film review: The Men

The Men (1950)


The Men is a 1950 movie starring Marlon Brando. He plays a young man named Ken, who is a paraplegic veteran. He is sent to a veteran’s hospital, where he lashes out at everybody from the other patients to his fiancée. Ken goes through rehabilitation in the hopes that he might walk again, but it turns out that it is not possible. The couple marries, but immediately faces problems. Ken goes out and gets into a car crash. The Paralyzed Veterans of America group decides to discipline him. What will be Ken’s final fate?

In some ways, it’s your typical bitter disabled person story, but in others, it isn’t. Ken’s behavior actually results in consequences as he is kicked out of the hospital after getting drunk. The movie missed a good opportunity to explore disability rights, as one of the men points out that society doesn’t want to accept the disabled, because they show that anybody could become like that. The rest of the wheelchair users are interesting and sympathetic. Honolulu film fans should rent this film first.

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