I rate this movie for the time it was made. The ‘old fashioned’ way, with many marque stars, no CGI special effects, and if made today, would have much crisper editing. They really don’t make movies like this anymore, and in a way that is too bad. Because in this movie, the plot and characters had to carry the movie, not special effects. Is it a great movie? Perhaps not, but the suspense was kept up, one could not be certain who would survive, if any, and Burt Lancaster’s role of a cog in the military machine following orders was very much to the point. As was stated, he wouldn’t murder 1000 people, but would let 1000 people die.