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- 1 hr 10 min
Man Alive is a 1945 film that stars Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou and Ellen Drew. The film revolves around the character of Michael O'Keefe played by Pat O'Brien, a war veteran who returns home after the war, only to find that his wife has moved on with her life and is seeing another man. O'Keefe is unable to come to terms with this and struggles to find a way to cope with the changes in his life. The film is set in the United States during the post-World War II era and explores the themes of marriage, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the challenges that returning veterans face when they try to reintegrate into civilian life. Pat O'Brien delivers a stellar performance in the lead role of Michael O'Keefe, bringing depth and nuance to his portrayal of a man struggling with the emotional trauma of having fought in a war. He is ably supported by Adolphe Menjou, who plays O'Keefe's boss at work and Ellen Drew, who plays O'Keefe's wife. The film's plot follows O'Keefe as he tries to come to terms with the changes in his life but finds it difficult to do so. He becomes increasingly distant from his wife and children and starts to lose interest in his job. The only thing that seems to keep him going is the support of his war buddy, played by George Murphy. As the film progresses, O'Keefe's emotional state deteriorates further, and he becomes increasingly isolated and depressed. His behavior becomes erratic, and he starts to have flashbacks of his time in the war, which only serve to further exacerbate his mental state. The film's climax sees O'Keefe hitting rock bottom, and it is only then that he is able to start to work through his issues. He seeks help from his doctor and starts to seriously consider the impact that the war has had on his mental health. Overall, Man Alive is a powerful and poignant film, which provides an insightful and compelling look into the challenges that returning veterans face when they try to reintegrate into civilian life. Pat O'Brien delivers a standout performance in the lead role, which is well supported by a strong cast of actors. The film's exploration of themes such as post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health make it a relevant and thought-provoking film, which remains relevant to this day.