A Time Out of War

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A Time Out of War
A Time Out of War FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Denis Sanders
Produced by Denis Sanders
Terry Sanders
Starring Corey Allen
Barry Atwater
Release date
  • 1954 (1954)
Running time
20 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Time Out of War is a 1954 American short war film directed by Denis Sanders. It won an Academy Award in 1955 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel),[1] first prize at the Venice Film Festival Live Action Short Film category, and a BAFTA Special Award, among others.[2]

Denis Sanders was in UCLA film school whilst his brother was a UCLA undergraduate. For Denis's thesis, he searched for an American Civil War short story that was in the public domain to adapt into a film.[3] He chose Pickets, an 1897 story by Robert W. Chambers.[4] The film depicts a one-hour truce agreed to by Union and Confederate soldiers who are on opposite sides of a river.[2]

Critic Bosley Crowther called it "a keen and eloquent little picture".[5]

The prestige of the film led Terry to be hired by Charles Laughton as the second unit director of The Night of the Hunter (1955).[6] Both brothers were then hired to write the screenplay for The Naked and the Dead, which led to film careers for both men.[6]

The Academy Film Archive preserved A Time Out of War in 2007[7] and it was added to the National Film Registry.[6]



  1. ^ "New York Times: A Time Out of War". NY Times. Retrieved May 20, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "A Time Out of War". American Film Foundation. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 12, 2007. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  5. ^ Crowther, Bosley (August 10, 1955). "Screen: Fernandel, Pere et Cinq Fils; He Plays All 6 in 'The Sheep Has Five Legs'". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "A Tale of Two Brothers" (PDF). Point of View Magazine: 20. Spring 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive. 

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