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« on: May 28, 2008, 11:37:31 AM »

 This Cornel Wilde directed war movie was part of TCM's Anti-War night this weekend. I'd seen the DVD before but never picked it up because it looked kinda cheesy, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one.  On a fictional island invasion in the Pacific, American troops hit the beach and begin to work inward to clear the Japanese out.  The assault on the beach is pretty graphic with a soldier's arm getting blown off and then standing up dazed with blood gushing from the stump, a la Saving Private Ryan 30 years later.  There's some other gruesome violence that includes stabbings and flamethrowers taking out Japanese bunkers.

 The cast is all character actors led by Wilde as Capt. MacDonald and Rip Torn as the gung-ho sergeant. The only other face I even recognized was Jaime Sanchez as Colombo, the veteran soldier looking to get wounded and sent home.  Much of the 2nd half of the movie is given to Burr DeBenning and Patrick Wolfe as Egan and Cliff, two privates sent out on a patrol to scout the Japanese locations.  The Japanese actors are good, but their dialogue has no subtitles at all so it was hard to pick out names.

  Terence Malick and Steven Spielberg must have watched this before making their respective war pictures.  Each soldier has some flashbacks done both with actual scenes but also still images which proved to be very effective.  At times, it got kind of heavy-handed, but overall it worked.  And the ending was excellent but I won't give it away.  It's low budget with a no-name cast, but it's an anti-war movie that deserves to be seen.  Anyone else seen it?

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008, 04:36:57 PM »

I saw it in a theatre and when it was aired on tv in the '80's I caught some snippet. Only thing I remember were the sex scenes a soldier reminisces. I was impressed by the white dress of the girl at night.

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