Corrected entry: Burt Lancaster is the 1st Sgt. of his Army company, the top enlisted man in the unit and in Army slang is referred to as "Top". The chevrons on his sleeve show the diamond insignia between three stripes on top but only two on the bottom. Top enlisted men in Army units such as 1st Sgts. and Sergeants Major have three stripes up and three stripes down.
Continuity mistake: During the fight scene between Pvt. Prewitt and Sgt. Ike Galovitch, the Sgt. in charge of the detail, Sgt. Thornhill, runs off to inform Sgt. Warden of the fight. However, between the time he runs off and returns he is seen in the close circle around the fight. (01:20:45)mschiavi
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