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Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

 -  Drama | War  -  27 October 1943 (USA)
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Concentrating on the personal lives of those involved, a war correspondent takes us through the preparations, landing and initial campaign on Guadalcanal during WWII.

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Capt. Davis
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Jesus ('Soose') Alvarez
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Pvt. Johnny ('Chicken') Anderson
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Capt. James Cross
Minor Watson ...
Col. Wallace E. Grayson
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Ned Rowman
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Sgt. Butch
Reed Hadley ...
War correspondent / Narrator
John Archer ...
Lt. Thurmond
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Concentrating on the personal lives of those involved, a war correspondent takes us through the preparations, landing and initial campaign on Guadalcanal during WWII. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Drama | War

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27 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Tregaskis' Guadalcanal Diary  »

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Trivia

Roy Roberts, who plays Capt. Cross, seems to have doubled as the voice of the radio sportscaster. See more »

Goofs

In one scene one of the actors has a Thompson submachine gun with a giant ring over the front sight like a sight guard. In real life they don't have sight guards. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: [In dugout waiting out a heavy artillery barrage] I don't mind the one with my name on it. It's the one that says, 'To whom it may concern' that I don't like.
[after the barrage increases]
Cpl. Aloysius T. 'Taxi' Potts: They're throwing everything at us but the kitchen stove.
Gunnery Sgt. Hook Malone: [after an even louder explosion] That's the stove now!
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Crazy Credits

The film's opening prologue in the preface of a book states: A new chapter in the history of America by a correspondent who landed on Guadalcanal with the first detachment of United States Marines. See more »

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Aloha Oe
(uncredited)
Music by Queen Liliuokalani
Played on the harmonica when Potts is dancing the hula
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This is a little gem of a movie with a fine ensemble cast!
18 February 2003 | by (Louisville, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

This is a tremendous World War II film with amazing performances. The director, Lewis Seiler, and the writer of the screenplay, Lamar Trotti, must have really been on their toes to come up with this little gem from a book by Richard Tregaskis. The quality of "Guadalcanal" is amazing from the special effects and location shots to the cinematography and the dialogue. Sometimes less is more and this movie demonstrates that in portraying the violence of war realistically without being extremely graphic. The only minor flaw I saw in the special effects was when a few soldiers were killed by grenades or bombs and they seemed to fall over from the blast a tad bit too quickly. This movie uses an ensemble cast of actors to tell the story of a platoon of U.S. marines sent to Guadalcanal to fight the Japanese in the South Pacific Ocean. The focus is not as much on the fighting and battles as it is on the men themselves in the context of war, although there are several terrific scenes of fighting and skirmishes that propel the movie along at an excellent pace. "Guadalcanal" is in glorious black and white film and is crisp and clear. Many scenes from the movie are so vivid that they have lingered in my mind long after watching the movie. I can recall vividly the palm trees on the beach, the sound of the men singing, the men lounging on the deck of the ship, Japanese soldiers being blown up in a cave and falling out of trees, the faces and expressions of the men and on and on. This movie not only stood up to a second viewing but also seemed even better the second time around. I can't praise the actors enough who breathe life into this movie and who make their characters so easy to get to know that this sixty year old movie seems like it was made yesterday. Watch this movie and see how these men respond to battle in "Guadalcanal." It's an experience not to be missed. I highly recommend it and give it a 92/100. I purchased the DVD for my collection.


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