“A funny kind of a war” against the People’s Army of China in Korea, within sight of Panmunjom.
The structure is built in three tiers. At the center, the combat infantrymen who take it and leave it. The recruit earns his Red Badge of Courage. The professional soldier has to know when to quit.
Me While I’m Young So I Can Die Happy!
The extraordinary teleplay cites Paddy Chayefsky’s Marty (“I know I’m ugly, but I’m not that ugly!”) and Kurosawa’s Ikiru for the detective and the dying functionary late of the New York traffic department who wants a children’s play area at a busy spot per citizens’ longstanding requests, in between is the anecdote of the parrot and the ambulance.
Sanders directs on location with the élan of a drunken sailor in a storm.