Ken (Marlon Brando) loses the use of his legs in the war, and now back at home, he spends his days in the hospital, consumed with self-pity, and making little effort to respond to treatment. Unrelenting encouragement from his fiancée, Ellen (Teresa Wright) and the patient Dr. Brock (Everett Sloane) is the only thing that gets him out of bed. Dr. Brock’s tough-love bedside manner is really the only thing a hospital full of stubborn, discouraged, apathetic vets will respond to. The film’s theme remains relevant today, given the number of amputees coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. The focus on the rehabilitation of these severely wounded veterans is at an all-time high — but things can always be improved.